Yahya Jammeh left the coffers of The Gambia nearly empty on his way out, an advisor to new President Adama Barrow has revealed.
Mai Ahmad Fatty told the BBC that the exiled leader had plundered about $11m from the country’s reserves, a figure he says has been confirmed.
“The coffers are virtually empty,” the British broadcaster quotes Mr Fatty as saying.
“It has been confirmed by technicians in the ministry of finance and the Central Bank of the Gambia.”
Mr Fatty added that financial experts are working to confirm if any more losses have been suffered.
Jammeh lost elections held last year but refused to accept defeat, leading to President Barrow fleeing to Senegal. He has agreed a deal to leave the country, which he has – but apparently without looting as much as he could.