Falana Urges TRRC to Investigate Killing of 50 Migrants in the Gambia

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Femi Falana

Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Femi Falana, has petitioned the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC) to investigate and unearth the truth about the alleged killing of 50 West African migrants in Gambia in 2005.

The senior lawyer also petitioned the Truth Commission to unearth the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of journalist, Chief Ebrima Manneh.

Manneh who was working for the Daily Observer newspaper, disappeared in the country in July 2006 following his arrest by “state operatives”.

Falana is one of the leading human rights lawyers in the region.

He has represented Gambia Press Union in the cases of disappeared journalist Chief Ebrima Manneh and Musa Saidykhan, a victim of torture, at the regional ECOWAS Court of Justice.

Both cases were a success and Gambia Government was ordered to pay a fine of $100,000 to the family of Chief Manneh and $200,000 to Saidykhan.

President Adama Barrow’s administration has paid the court fines in Manneh’s case and are currently negotiating with Saidykhan.

“I have two petitions before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission in respect to the disappearance or unlawful execution of Ebrima Manneh and the massacre of 50 migrants including 9 Nigerians… These were young men who were going to Europe,” he told journalists on 10 July, 2019 during a two-day training organised for lawyers and judges on campaign for freedom of expression, where he served as a facilitator.

The union has started a coalition of Gambian professionals including lawyers and judges to back the campaign geared towards strengthening freedom of expression in the country.