EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: President Adama Barrow Wednesday commissioned with immediate effect, a Presidential Inquiry to independently look into the circumstances that led to the death of civilians in Faraba Bantang.
The membership of the inquiry consists of Emmanuel Joof, a renown human rights Lawyer as the Chairperson, one representatives of the Ministry of Justice, The Gambia Bar Association, The Gambia Armed Forces, the State Intelligence Services and the Civil society from the Association of Non-Governmental Organizations – (TANGO).
Taking into account the need for a speedy dispensation of justice and accountability, the Committee starts work with immediate effect and has a duration of one month to submit a comprehensive report to the president.
It is been mandated to investigate the circumstances that led to the standoff between the villagers of Faraba Bantang and the Police Intervention Unit, investigate the circumstances that led to the injuries and fatalities and identify those responsible for the deaths, including those who may have ordered the firings and those who fired the shots.
It is also mandated to recommend measures to prevent a recurrence of the circumstances that led to the stand-off, recommend measures to prevent an occurrence of the incident in Faraba and other parts of the country.
Additionally, the President has given approval for the appointment of a Coroner to investigate the cause of the deaths as per the Coroners Act, Cap. 7.04, Volume 2 of the laws of The Gambia. The Coroner will work with a pathologist to establish the facts before the corpses are released to their families