Chief inspector: I was the last officer to arrive at the Faraba incident

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Chief Inspector Momodou Saidy of the Gambia Police Force on August 7, 2018, testified at the Faraba Commission of Inquiry, saying that on the 18th of June 2018, he was the last police officer to arrive at the scene.

Saidy said that he received a telephone call from his superior who informed him that there was an incident happening at Faraba and he was given orders to be at the scene.

He testified that during the time of entering Faraba, around the university campus, he met with a police vehicle carrying wounded PIU officers. He added that he was informed by the police driver through a telephone call.

He also said that he did not reach the scene but he stopped at the PIU post at Faraba.

He further testified that he did not go with any re-enforcement team neither with a single rifle but he said he was in uniform including his helmet, shield and baton.

“During my arrival in Faraba, I did not hear that anybody was shot dead, but I got the news later when I went back to Brikama Police Station, my colleagues told me that some people were shot dead during the incident.”

He also testified that officer OC Cham received an order from the high command that all officers on the ground should withdraw.

He said the officers were all assembled near the football field waiting for their police vehicle to pick them up.

He also identified senior officers that he met on the ground, which he said was himself, OC Cham, Chief Inspector Sanneh, one Paul and another comrade by the name Malick Touray.

He also said that he did not know exactly how many PIU officers were injured and how many rifles were on the ground.

Chief Inspector Saidy has been in the Gambia security services for thirty years and has been in the rank of Chief Inspector for six years.

Author: Mamour M. Mbenga