“The U.S. Embassy in Banjul is closed for all non-essential services on Thursday, June 9, because The Gambian government has unexpectedly withdrawn police protection,” a statement issued by the US Embassy Banjul stated. “U.S. Embassy Banjul will continue to closely monitor the situation, and will keep you informed as events unfold,” the statement added.

Amb_Patricia_AlsupNewNo reason was given for the withdrawal of Gambia’s Police Intervention Unit (PIU) personnel from the Embassy facility. This is not the first time that dictator Yahya Jammeh, has ordered for the withdrawal of the PIU from the US Embassy premises. He issued a similar directive sometime last year.

The deranged Kanilai monster has been under the scrutiny of rights activists—notably Amnesty International, who accused his leadership of perpetuating gross rights abuses—ranging from false imprisonment of citizens, torture, and in some occasions extrajudicial executions.

Amnesty and other rights groups have been calling for economic and visa sanctions to be imposed against the Jammeh regime.  The rights bodies have vehemently criticized dictator Jammeh for his flagrant rights violations in the wake of the recent peaceful protest march organized by the main opposition UDP.  Ebrima Sandeng, an official of the UDP, was tortured to death by Jammeh’s security agents, leaving dozen others seriously injured.

The European Union recently tabled a motion for The Gambia government to be sanctioned economically.  There were also calls made for travel ban to be imposed against the regime.

In an alert issued on Wednesday, titled: “United States Embassy Banjul, The Gambia Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Closure on Thursday, June 9,” the embassy informed its nationals within and outside The Gambia, about the abrupt move taken by the Jammeh regime to withdraw security protection for the Embassy.  The statement did not mention as to when the Embassy would be open to the public for business, but what is clear though The Gambian dictator has extended his domestic beef to the American government. Washington is yet to issue a formal reaction to the unforeseen development.

The US State Department Press office, was closed for business at the time of filing this story. Below is the alert issued by the US Embassy Banjul.

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US Embassy Banjul

United States Embassy Banjul, The Gambia Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Closure on Thursday, June 9

The U.S. Embassy in Banjul is closed for all non-essential services on Thursday, June 9, because The Gambian government has unexpectedly withdrawn police protection. 

U.S. Embassy Banjul will continue to closely monitor the situation, and will keep you informed as events unfold.

For further information:

See the State Department’s travel websitefor the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for The Gambia

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 

Contact the U.S. Embassy in Bajul, located at 92 Kairaba Avenue, Fajara, Banjul, at +(220) 439-2856 is open Monday throughThursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  After hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(220) 437-5270.

Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai

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