By Assan Sallah.
Investigations made by The Digest News revealed that the Gambia’s top security chiefs, Alhagie Mamour Jobe, Inspector General of Police and Yakuba A. Drammeh, the newly appointed Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) of the Gambia Armed Forces should be put under Coronavirus observation as the two security chiefs were among 53 passengers that on-board the Royal Air Maroc Flight No. AT579 which arrived on 14th March 2020 at 1:49am at the Banjul International Airport.
However, both the IGP Mamour Jobe and CDS Yakuba A. Drammeh were at a farewell ceremony held at the Defence Headquarters in Banjul on Tuesday for the outgoing CDS Lt. General Massaneh N. Kinteh.
A detailed investigation into this flight which brought the first confirmed Coronavirus victim, whose name is in this list has shown that the flight brought 53 passengers including the country’s top two security chiefs, to the Banjul International Airport from Casablanca.
The Gambia’s minister of Health, Dr Ahmad Lamin Samateh had announce 17th March, the first confirmed case of Coronavirus in The Gambia. He said the victim was at the MRC unit in Fajara where she is taking being attended by the medical doctors.
“The victim is a Gambian living in The UK. She arrived in the Gambia via the Royal Air Maroc Flight No. AT579 which arrived on 14th March 20202 at 1:49am at the Banjul International Airport,” said our source, who wished to remain anonymous.
According to her, efforts are being done to trace the passengers, adding that the concerned authorities will take care of the matter.
When contacted to shed light on this issue, Modou Njie, Director of Health Promotion at the Ministry of Health said: “Currently the contact tracking team is working extremely hard to trace all the contacts. Details will be available when they are available. Thank you”
Assan Sallah is a Gambian journalist living in Germany. He was news editor and security affairs reporter at the Daily Observer.