The notorious and dreaded National Intelligence Agency (NIA) in The Gambia has been renamed as State Intelligence Services (SIS) by the new government of President Adama Barrow.
In a press statement read on State TV, the government said the NIA now SIS is henceforth not mandated anymore to arrest, detain or conduct any unconstitutional act. They are now assign to deal with state intelligence matters and not to involved in any ungodly act as they where operating in the previous government of Yahya Jammeh.
It could be recalled that the NIA was the most feared, brutal and deadly agency in The Gambia under former President Yahya Jammeh who empowered them to conduct several ungodly and unconstitutional acts in the country.
They where involved in all State-directed arrests, tortures, disappearances and mysterious killings under former President Yahya Jammeh’s 22 years in power as arbitrary arrests, detentions, harassment and mistreatment of detainees, opposition members, journalists, and civilians was the order of the day.
Today, uncountable number of Gambians died in their hands due to severe torture while under interrogation, many flee the country for fear of been arrested by them or been killed as its ever been their norm.
Meanwhile, several agents of the body have started fleeing the country to avoid facing justice for the atrocities committed over the years.