Two senior Gambian immigration officers have been suspended, following the sneaking of two former Army Generals into the country unnoticed, the FREEDOM NEWSPAPER can reveal. Commissioner Pa Ndure and ASP Omar Fofana, both posted at the airport have been suspended with immediate effect. Their suspension had to do with the airport incident, in which General Ansumana Tamba and Umpah Mendy checked in at the airport without been noticed by the staff. Ndure and Fofana are the most senior immigration officers stationed at the airport.
Tamba and Mendy were turned in by an airport porter, who saw them walking out of the airport after they were cleared to enter the country by immigration agents. The porter phoned immigration Director General Zil Sanyang to inform him about the presence of Tamba and Mendy in the country.
DG Sanyang then informed the DG of the State Intelligence Services Ousman Sowe, IGP Landing Kinteh, CDS Masaneh Kinteh, and Interior Minister Ebrima Mballow. This was what led to the arrest of Tamba and Mendy.
Without the efforts of the porter, the former army officers would have been in the Gambia for days, weeks and months without been noticed, said our source. The airport security for some reasons failed to act when Tamba and Mendy checked in, our source added.
Immigration insiders said the Gambian armed forces command never inform them that Tamba and Mendy were wanted by the state. There was no publication to suggest that the duo were wanted, one official told me.
An arrest warrant was issued by a magistrate court against Tamba and co. But the GAF leaders never officially inform border agents, sources said.