On his exile, Jammeh left The Gambia in financial distress

On his exile, Jammeh left The Gambia in financial distressMore than $11m is missing from The Gambia's state coffers following the departure of long-time leader Yahya Jammeh, BBC said on Monday.

Mai Ahmad Fatty, an adviser to President Adama Barrow, said financial experts were trying to evaluate the exact loss.

On Saturday Jammeh flew into exile after 22 years in power. Luxury cars and other items were reportedly loaded on to a Chadian cargo plane as Jammeh left the country.

The outgoing president had refused to accept election results but finally left after mediation by regional leaders and the threat of military intervention.

President Barrow remains in neighbouring Senegal and it is not clear when he will return.

However, West African troops entered the Gambian capital, Banjul, on Sunday to prepare for his arrival.

The Senegalese general leading the joint force from five African nations said they were controlling "strategic points to ensure the safety of the population and facilitate... Mr Barrow's assumption of his role".

Fatty told reporters in the Senegalese capital Dakar that The Gambia was in financial distress.

"The coffers are virtually empty," he said.

"It has been confirmed by technicians in the ministry of finance and the Central Bank of the Gambia," he added.

He said Jammeh had made off with more than $11m in the past two weeks alone.

Fatty said officials at The Gambia's main airport had been told not to let any of Jammeh's belongings leave the country.

Reports said some of the former leader's goods were in Guinea where Jammeh had stopped on his journey into exile. Jammeh is reported to now be in Equatorial Guinea, although authorities there have not confirmed it.
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