Ousman Ndown was arrested Thursday, January 9, 2017 at his home by seven personnel of The Gambia Armed Forces. He was whisked away immediately in a waiting vehicle to The Yundum Barracks close to The Banjul International Airport.

Ousman a manager at The Joint Officers Mess in Kotu was recently dismissed from his job without any reason forwarded to him. As part of his job, he was tasked with making bookings for wedding parties, receptions and private parties at the Officer’s Mess located in Kotu. The place referred to as ‘Little America’ was the home of former foreign exchange manger at The Central Bank, Lang Conteh who is currently serving a two year jail term after he fell out with dictator Yahya Jammeh for the second time. The property was seized from him in 2004 after he was charged with economic crime which was said to have caused the state a staggering $74 million US dollars.

Sources say Ousman’s passport and laptop were requested by security personnel Friday but could not confirm whether the items were delivered or not. ‘ I can confirm to you that I saw Ousman last night at the military police section of the Yundum Barracks, but please do not reveal my identity’ a source disclosed.

The Fatu Network is working with security sources to bring you updates on why Ousman Ndow was arrested in the first place and if he has been tortured already by the men who picked him from his home.