Faraba Banta residents agrees to let bygones be bygones

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EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: A joint team comprising members of The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) from the countries first Infantry Battalion in Yundum and the ECOMIG contingent Wednesday morning went on a security assessment in Faraba Banta where they had an engagement with the community.

New update from the community, according to the GAF spokesperson Major Lamin K Sanyang indicates that during the Wednesday engagement, the community agreed to let bygones be bygones and focus on the future.

The community of Faraba Monday clashed with the Police in protest against the presence of a construction company in the village called Julakay, who claimed it was issued licence to mine sand there. Two men were killed on Monday and a third person who was also shot died early Wednesday morning. Several others people, including PIU officers sustained injuries in the mishap.

President Adama Barrow Tuesday morning visited the hospitalised victims at the country’s major teaching hospital in the Capital, Banjul where he condemned the killing, saying it is against everything that “we” fought for, as a nation.

The Monday incident sparked a wave of panic in the country which show a colossal destruction of properties following the residents demand for explanation on how the construction company acquired licence to conduct sand mining in their community.

“The situation is under monitoring. The Army commander was in Faraba there and engaged with the community and they promised to let bygones be bygones,” Major Sanyang said.

The Paramilitary personnel were earlier station in Faraba since the start of the confrontation before the last clash but Major Sanyang said the GAF-ECOMIG joint teams’ mission in Faraba was only for assessment and not staying.

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