Journalist Ceesay arrested after Indian Businessman Nandu Lodge Complaint to Police over a News Story

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Journalist Fabakary Ceesay

Sources have confirmed to Alkamba Times that the arrest and detention of Journalist Fabakary Ceesay is in connection to an article the journalist wrote exposing the clandestine business operations of Emkay Stores owned by Nandu Rajwani, an Indian businessman based in the Gambia. 

Ceesay, a human rights Journalist, was called for questioning and detained overnight by the Gambia Police force on Monday.

The Gambia Press Union has confirmed the arrest and detention of the human rights journalist in a brief statement on its Facebook page.

“The GPU Leadership have been able to see journalist Fabakary Ceesay, from where he has been detained in Banjul, and he appeared to have been in good shape. He is neither charged nor released on bail. He was detained overnight. He was arrested in. connection to a complaint filed against him in what appears to be a private legal matter, details of which we couldn’t establish for now.”

However, TAT investigations revealed that the human rights journalist’s arrest is related to the publisher’s recent article on Emkay Stores, a business entity run by Nandu Rajwani, an Indian-based Gambian businessman.

The article captioned “Nandos,” the Guptas of the Gambia, exposes alleged business dealings of the Emkay Stores in connection to the government. It alleged that officials collected thousands of dalasi from the Indian businessman in return for favors for his business.

The article also exposes the connections between Emkay Stores and Gai Construction and Engineering, Contractor of Banjul Roads and Sewage Projects, a project widely believed to be a failed project.

Sources said the arrest and detention of Journalist Fabakary Ceesay come on the heels of a complaint lodged by one Abdou Mboge, Administrative, and Finance officer of Emkay Stores.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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