‘It was Allah before God:’ General Martin makes embarrassing gaffe during relentless TRRC questioning

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By Lamin Njie

One of The Gambia’s most senior army officers to have so far been accused of serious human rights violations on Thursday couldn’t discern Allah was the same as God.

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Brigadier general Alagie Martin is accused of masterminding the torture of political prisoners in the early days of former president Yahya Jammeh’s regime.

On Thursday, Martin appeared before the TRRC during which he was relentlessly questioned and when the investigation’s led counsel at one point asked him whether it was ‘Oga before God’ the top army officer replied: “No sir, it’s God before Oga.”

Martin then said: “I mean, I mean, Allah before God.”

The general then added after the audience burst into laughter: “Yes. Yes. Oga before God.”

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TRRC counsel was referring to how Martin worked for former president Yahya Jammeh.

Martin is the most senior Gambian army officer of all time to have been accused of torture and other human rights abuses.

He piloted the brutal torture of then vice chairman of the AFPRC junta Sana Sabally and a raft of other political prisoners most of them soldiers. The incidents happened at various times in the mid-90s and early 2000s when Martin was only a sergeant.

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