Former GPU president and veteran journalist Demba Ali Jawo

Demba Ali Jawo, former president of the Gambia Press Union, has recounted his ordeal at the infamous National Intelligent Agency.

Mr Jawo told the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) on Tuesday July 9 that he was detained in a harsh and unsanitary conditions.

He said that he was arrested along with Baba Galleh Jallow and one Senghore while they all worked at the defunct Daily Observer Newspaper and separately driven to the NIA headquarters in Banjul.

Baba Galleh Jallow is now the executive sercretary of the TRRC.

” I was taken to an office which I believe was the office of Baba Saho,” Mr Jawo told the Commission.

DA Jawo also said he was questioned at the NIA about his origin and to which political party he belonged to.

Describing the conditions of his detention, Mr Jawo said he was detained in a
Mosquito-infested cell.

” I was detained at the NIA beside the seaside where all the windows were broken and you could imagine the mosquitoes there… sleeping was out of it.”

Demba Ali Jawo was one time the minister of Information, Communication and Infrastructure under President Adama Barrow and got sacked in 2018 in the wake of Barrow’s first cabinet reshuffle.

Meanwhile, his testimony continues tomorrow morning.

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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