We just received information here at our NEWS DESK about the ARREST and DETENTION of the Director General of Gambia’s State Intelligence Services (SIS). Mr. Sowe has been taken into custody, according to sources reaching us. It’s a developing breaking news story. Our reporters on the ground are following the story. We will keep you posted with developments it unfolds.
This followed, a massive purging of the security agencies in the country. IGP Yankuba Sonko and his Deputy have both been removed. Sonko, was redeployed to the Foreign Service. He has since been replaced by Landing Kinteh, a career police prosecutor. Similar changes were made at the Immigration Department. DG Pa Mboob and his Deputy Landing Jarju, have been replaced. Buba Sanyang, a former Director of the Department is the new boss at the Immigration.
Mr. Ousman Sowe recently had a go with one of his agents Baboucarr Badjie, which led to the arrest of Mr. Badjie. Badjie, who is the agency’s Legal Officer, was accused of leaking state secrets to the Freedom Newspaper, a charge Badjie vehemently denied. He accused Mr. Sowe of abuse of office, abdication of duties, nepotism among other allegations in a petition he wrote to president Barrow.
The SIS Media and Public Affairs Division could not be reached for comment.