Families raise concerns over whereabouts of Journalist Chief Manneh, others

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Family members of missing Gambian journalist Chief Ebrima Manneh and Kanyiba Kanyi, employee of CCF are demanding for the new government to look into their case and make sure their families are properly informed of what happened.

Chief Ebrima Manneh used to work for the Daily Observer Newspaper, a columnist of the ‘Crime and Investigation’. He was also State Correspondence at one time. He was arrested at his workplace by the state security agents since 2006.

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Sarjo Manneh, father of the missing journalist explained the pain and anguished he is living with for the past 10 years. He lamented about the sleepless nights and tears shed since his son was abducted by the agents of the former President Yahya Jammeh. He said he has been searching for him all these years without any avail.

“I went to the National Intelligence Agency and all police stations across the country. They said he is not in their custody,” Sarjo Manneh said.

The old man who was sobbing while talking described his missing son as a hardworking person. He blamed the former President Jammeh for the disappearance of his son and called on the new government to intervene in his release if he is definitely alive.

“The Matter has been filed at the Major Crime Unit at the Police Headquarters,” Adama Manneh, Chief Manneh’s sister said.

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Meanwhile, Lamin Kanyi alias ‘Kanyiba’ former employee of the Christian Children Fund also went missing for more than 10 years. He was arrested by the state security agents and has not bee seen since.

“They arrested him in the presence of his family and was never seen again,” Wandifa Kanyi, Kanyiba’s brother said.

Wandifa Kanyi said his brother has wife and children living at home. He explained the trauma the family has been living with since the disappearance of their love one. He called on the new government to intervene.

Meanwhile, the Manneh and Kanyi families have welcome the move taken by the new government to release political prisoners but also raised concerns about their love ones. They called for drastic actions to be taken if definitely their love ones have been killed by the former government.

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