Gambia authorities have issued an international arrest warrant for suspected drug trafficker Banta Keita. 

The French-Gambian businessman evaded arrest after 3 tonnes of cocaine valued at D4.5 billion was seized at Banjul ports, the largest drug bust in the country. 

Government spokesman Ebrima Sankareh announced on Friday that Interpol had  issued a Red Notice for Banta Keita.

“Mr. Banta Keita is currently a fugitive from justice and any person caught aiding, colluding with or harbouring him, will be dealt with according to law. 

“Citizens and residents are urged to comply with this notice and report any developments related to Mr. Banta Keita’s situation to the nearest law enforcement agencies or local authorities,” the government spokesman said. 

“During Monday’s National Security Council (NSC) briefing, His Excellency, President Adama Barrow directed The Gambia’s Security Chiefs to immediately constitute a ‘Multi-Agency Taskforce’ that shall conduct a robust, thorough and impartial investigation into the case and ensure that all legal means are utilized in bringing the culprits to justice. 

“President Barrow unequivocally condemned drug abuse and trafficking, and declared zero tolerance for traffickers.”

Keita and his accomplice Sheriff Njie have already been charged with three counts of drug trafficking. 

Njie is currently remanded at Mile Two Central prison. 

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