Gambians speculate over how much money former longtime leader Yahya Jammeh took with him as he flew into exile. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Just how much wealth former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh managed to take with him when he flew out of the capital Banjul and into exile late on Saturday (January 21) is subject to speculation. Jammeh, who refused to accept his poll defeat to opposition challenger Adama Barrow, is believed to have acquired a vast fortune during his brutal 22-year rule. A West African regional force had been launched to remove him from power and Jammeh finally left last Saturday. While Jammeh left aboard a jet with Guinea President Conde, two other planes - a Mauritanian aircraft and a cargo plane from Chad - were being prepared for departure on the runway, fuelling speculation over their purpose. Barrow said on Sunday (January 22) it appeared his predecessor had looted state resources after his election defeat. Barrow's advisor, Mai Ahmad Fatty, later told journalists Jammeh had withdrawn 500 million dalasis (11.4 million USD / 10.6 million Euro) in the past two weeks, adding that the Chadian cargo plane appeared to ferry some belongings of the former president.