6 youth released in Faraba sand mine dispute

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EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Six youth who were arrested by Police in connection to Saturday sand mining dispute in Faraba have been released on bail today, Eye Africa TV was told. 

Our source could not establish the bail condition but confirmed the six youth were arrested in different times and locations in Faraba on Saturday and detained at the Brikama Police Station and later to the Police Headquarters in Banjul.  

“The Village Development Committee (VDC) chairman, the Secretary General and a co-opted member were called for questioning on Monday. The VDC chairman was taken to Bndung Police station and later to police headquarters. But today they all here in Faraba,” our source said.

On Saturday, a dispute broke between young people of the village including VDC members and village elders over a sand mining site in the village that  Julakay enterprise claimed it was issued a licence by the government to mind sand there which started in May last year. 

The youth were demanding for explanation and insist that the mining activity be ceased because it will cause more harm than good to the community.  “Of course there was sand mining on the site but that was not an industrial activity,” our source stated.

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