EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: President Adama Barrow Tuesday evening addressed the nation on the Faraba Banta mishap and reminded his countrymen about the bond of love that ties them together.
He condemned the killing of two people by personnel of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) during a clash the community of Faraba Banta on Monday.
“The Gambia has been known for its culture of peace and stability, which makes it the pride of Africa as the home of Human Rights and the smiling Coast of Africa. There is no reason why we should resort to violence or illegal use force to solve our problems.”
Th Faraba Banta incident sparked a wave of panic in the country which saw a group of people protest against the presence of a sand mining company called Julakay in the community. The company claims that it was issued licence by the government to mind sand in Faraba.
President Barrow said the security forces are mandated to protect lives and property and, under no circumstance should they use live bullets against unarmed and defenceless citizens, and all those found wanting will be dealt with according to the laws of the land.
“My government will take practical steps and legal measures to avoid such forms of violence. The laws of the land are available to all citizens to seek for re-dress through legal means. Let us engage in our activities in a responsible and civil manner, as a sure way to jointly build a better and brighter Gambia for all.”
He said he learnt about the clash with deep regret, saying “we are a mourning nation today, and my sincere condolences go to the families of Bakary Kujabi and Ismaila Bah for their loss, and I pray that Allah grant them solace.”
Mr. Barrow Tuesday morning visited the hospitalized victims of the incident at the country’s teaching hospital in the capital, Banjul where he condemned the killing and the sustaining of injuries of several others.
“I have instructed for a full investigation into the matter to determine the actions needed to address the situation and prevent a re-occurrence in any part of the country.”