Former Interior Minister, Mai Ahmad Fatty has denied receiving any bribes from Semelex, a group that provides identification and authentication using biometric information.

Here is Mai’s message posted on his Facebook page Tuesday evening.

The allegations are concocted and contain no fiber of truth. The alleged meeting and settings were all lies, with no foundation and I challenge them to prove me wrong.

It is an orchestrated smear campaign of columny designed to ruin my reputation. I am ready and willing to subject myself to the most expansive, thorough, independent investigation ever in the history of The Gambia on this matter.

I am confident that I am innocent.

Final note: my family and I need our privacy. We take refuge in Allah as our strength and are grateful for all the support and love. Thank you for your understanding.