One of The Gambian soldiers named in the murder of the two Gambian American citizens, Alhagie Mamut Ceeay and Ebou Jobe, is said to be living in the United States. His name is former Army Lieutenant Michael Correa. Correa was among Jammeh’s hit squad—the jungullars, who murdered the two Gambian American nationals, per revelations coming from the TRRC.
A source who reached us today said Mr. Correa had decided not to return to The Gambia, during a visit to the United States with Gambia’s former Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy. Correa was among the bodyguards attached Ms. Saidy. He accompanied the former VP to attend a UN meeting in New York, but he has since refused to return to The Gambia. He overstayed his visa.
Our source said he is not sure as to which State Mr. Correa is residing, but he intimated that Correa is using the US as a save heaven to evade prosecution in The Gambia. Mr. Correa has been declared wanted by the Barrow government for murder and other heinous offences.
Both soldier Omar A Jallow and Amadou Badjie have confirmed taking part in the murder of Ceesay and Jobe. Jallow and Badjie said they were ordered by dictator Yahya Jammeh to kill the two Gambian Americans. they also mentioned the other soldiers who participated in the murder of Ceesay and Jobe. Micheal Correa’s name featured prominently in Jallow and Badjie’s testimonies as among the soldiers, who killed the two Americans.
This followed allegations that Ceesay and Jobe were plotting to overthrow Jammeh’s regime. The men were briefly held by the jungullars, before they were escorted to Kanilai to meet with Jammeh. Jammeh personally requested to see Ceesay and Jobe, before ordering for their execution, Jallow and Badjie told the TRRC.
In a statement issued, the United States Embassy in Banjul said: ” We will pursue a close partnership with Gambian authorities based on these new revelations to continue to investigate the disappearance of these American citizens.”
“The United States Government expresses our heartfelt condolences to the familiesof Alhaji M. Ceesay, Ebrima Jobe, and of all other victims of crimes that are being revealed by the continued work of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission. We express our gratitude to the TRRC for undertaking this important work for accountability, justice, and national reconciliation,” the statement concluded.