Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The case of Ebou Jobe and Alhagie Mamut Ceesay

Alhagie Mamut Ceesay                  Ebou Jobe                    
We have, up to this point, deliberately refrained from blogging about the disappearances of Ebou Jobe and Alhagie Mamut Ceesay, two Gambian-Americans, who left the United States for The Gambia on Sunday May 12th 2013 and have not been accounted for since.

Our lack of comment was because, from the unset, the circumstances of their disappearances have been murky at best, fueled by speculations and deliberate fabrications, including the planting of false stories, rendering any reporting quite hazardous.

In short there are too many intrigues in the case with nefarious characters posing as members of anti-Jammeh opposition (The Struggle) and those genuine APRC supporters.

Intrigues aside, the story of these two young Gambians is a sorrowful one, not only because they left behind very young wives and children, but also because the whole truth behind their disappearance is yet to emerge from within these United States where their fateful journey began.

For instance, it was in the last day or two that a critical fact in the case emerged that these two Gambian-Americans had in their possession CDs containing material that could only be considered seditious' by a regime that is so paranoid and intolerant of self expression that it considers statements that annoy the dictator as unlawful.  So you can imagine being caught in ones possession CDs that contain Bai Lowe's highly gory account of Jammeh's killing machine (known locally as "Junglers").  It is recipe for disaster.

This critical piece of information revealed a year and a half after these two gentlemen went missing changes our understanding, as well as the complexion, of the case. What else is being withheld from appropriate authorities in the United States, including the families of the two gentlemen and the general public, should be of concern to all.

It is in this spirit that we will conduct our own inquiries into the fates of Ebou Jobe and Alhagie Mamut Ceesay to contribute towards bringing closure to their families, friends and colleagues.  We'd like to state that it is immaterial whether the motives of the two travelling to The Gambia were political.  The fact that they have disappeared and their lives obviously threatened is enough justification to press on for more answers from those sitting on the truth, both in The Gambia and America.

This is the first of what, we hope, will be multiple installments on the case of Ebou Jobe and Alhagie Mamut Ceesay.  Our preliminary finding dictates that we must start asking the tough questions in our renewed efforts to establish the facts both in The Gambia as well as in America where their fateful journey began.