The U.S. Embassy in Banjul has said “the United States government expresses again its urgent request that The Gambian government intensify its efforts to assist us in locating these two missing citizens [Alhaji Ceesay and Ebrima Jobe].”
Last summer, the families of U.S. citizens Ceesay and Jobe notified the U.S. Embassy in Banjul that the two had gone missing in The Gambia, it said in a statement on Monday March 10, 2014.
“Since then, the United States government has raised its concerns over their welfare to the Government of The Gambia and has sought the government’s assistance in locating both of them,” the embassy said.
It stated that “the protection and safety of U.S. citizens overseas remains [one] of the highest importance to the State Department.”
The Embassy said Mr. Ceesay and Mr. Jobe, who are also Gambians, were last seen in Tranquil, The Gambia in June 2013 and “we have no credible information” to suggest that they have left the country.
It said it is therefore asking anyone with credible information on the whereabouts of Mr. Ceesay and Mr. Jobe to please contact the American Citizens Services office at the U.S. Embassy in Banjul by email at ConsularBanjul@state.gov or the Africa Division of the Office of Overseas Citizens Services of the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747.
Gambian activists abroad and online media had for many months made series of claims that suggested the two Gambians have gone missing in their own country.
In recent years, there have been reports of people going missing in the tiny least developed heavily indebted poor West African country.
The pro-opposition daily English language newspaper, the Foroyaa, has routinely made monthly updates on its front-page: “Detention without trial or disappearance without trace”.