Buba Sanyang known to many as Zil was first appointed as acting director general of Immigration Department in November 2009 after he took over from Sakou Drammeh who was relieved at that time. Buba’s appointment as DG was later confirmed in 2010.

In 2013, Sagnia was removed, arrested and detained at the then national intelligence agency (NIA). He was taken to court and charged with one of former President Jammeh’s bogus abuse of office charges. He pleaded not guilty to the charges saying he did what was expected of him as director general.

Buba Sanyang was a year later convicted and sentenced by acting principal magistrate Lamin Mbye to a fine of D20,000, less than $500 in default to serve three years in prison. The fine was paid in full.


Gambia Police Force 1977-1978 seconded Immigration various places. Passport section, Aliens Registration section, and Banjul Airport.

May 1988-August 1988 basic Immigration Training Kano Federal Republic of Nigeria.

1997 to 2001 OI Charge Imm.Airport benefited documents security training fak passports visas Belgium and Germany.

2004-2005 Military Observer Eritrea/Ethiopia

(UNMEE)GCCA Crisis Management ICAO Dakar ERNAN School.

Certificated Aviation Management 2006.

November 2006, Deputy Director General Immigration

June 2010, Director General Immigration.

May 2011 Diploma in National Development Fuskang College Ministry of Defense Taipei Taiwan.


Meanwhile, Sagnia has received his appointment letter and is expected to start work on Monday, June 26.