EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Gambia Police Force Tuesday announced that it has arrested five of its officers and their services suspended while investigations are being carried out in connection with the Monday clash between villagers of Faraba Banta in Kombo East and personnel of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) that led to the killing of two people.
An update from the office of the country’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) stated that two Field Commanders – Superintendent Baboucarr Cham and Assistant Superintendent Musa Fatty and three other ranks – Nuha Colley, Momodou S. Jallow and Musa Badjie were arrested and currently under detention.
It also announced the arrest of some civilians including Ousman Jassey, Sunkaru Jarju, Bakary Badjie, Salifu Darboe and Modou Kujabi and efforts are currently underway to grant them bail.
President Adama Barrow on Monday visited the victims who were injured in the incident at the country’s teaching hospital in the Capital, Banjul where he condemned the killing and promised that his government would investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to justice. He was also informed about the arrest of some civilians from the community and has since given order for their release.
The Police said they have launched an investigation into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate occurrence.
Preliminary findings indicate that Bakary Kujabi and Ismaila Bah lost their lives whilst six civilians and sixteen police officers sustained injuries. “Two caterpillars and five trucks were vandalized and set on fire. The police guard post was burnt down and four compounds were set ablaze while three were vandalized,” the Police update indicated.