Students Occupy Kalagi Police Station

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Students of Kalagi Upper and Senior Secondary School this morning occupied the Kalagi Police Station in for arrest and detention of school staff members.

The bursar along with Information Technology teacher, vice principal, and caretaker of the school were arrested in connection with a theft of computers from the school over the weekend.

Students vandalised school properties and marched to the police where Nfansu Bah, the bursar was detained until their arrival in protest, according to eye witness accounts. Other members of the school staff were released earlier.

The mob went further to smash all they could including doors and windows of the residence of Karamo Sanneh, Principal of Kalagi Upper and Senior Secondary School.

Eye witness added that the angry protesters turned on Mr Sanneh who they accused of not preventing the arrest on their teachers. He was rushed to safety by staff members and police in the village.

The Kalagi Police has since then been reinforce by men from the Sibanor Police Station.

Momodou G Jallow, Principal Education Officer at the Regional Education Directorate in the West Coast Region confirmed the incident and noted that the situation has been calmed. He said all partners to the school are working towards a lasting solution to current problem.
The educationist called on teachers and parents to be vigilant on the situation and council the students away from similar crimes.

Our reporter who visited the scene observed that the arrest of Kalagi School staff was a catalyst for the show of boiling anger in the students against their school management.
“We are disappointed with the school administration over the restriction of internet connectivity to only staff”, a few of them said, “this belongs to all of us.”

Police Public Relation Offer, ASP Lamin Njie suggested at the time of this publication that investigation into the theft resulting to the vandalism is in progress.


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