• Sainey Darboe, Editor-in-chief

Papa Faal on December 30th attack: I thought the coup succeeded

Despite the killing of his colleagues in valiant efforts to dislodge a dictatorship in The Gambia in 2014,Papa Faal has disclosed that he went back to the seat of power in the mistaken notion the plot had been successful.

Papa Faal was part of the group that attacked the State House on 30th December 2014

In a wide ranging interview with The Standard newspaper,he revealed :

“I went to the State House, communicated with soldiers while the place was locked down, and there were people who saw me there. Maybe when they read this, they can verify these claims. I thought that the coup succeeded but when I saw all these squadrons, I had to come close to see whether it succeeded or not. It was only when I saw Isatou Njie Saidy’s convoy and the bodies of two of my comrades, I realised [it failed]. I had to find my way out. There was no vehicle; all the taxis were locked down, the ferry was locked down. I didn’t hide. Hiding is killing yourself. Soldiers were going from house to house in Banjul, searching”.

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