Commission could not identify killers of Faraba protesters

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Faraba Commission of Inquiry led by renowned international human rights lawyer, Emmanuel D. Joof could not establish with sufficient particularity the identities of the PIU personnel who actually shot and killed the residents.

This was revealed in the Government’s White Paper on the Report of the Faraba Banta Commission of Inquiry released on Wednesday at the Justice Ministry in Banjul.

In its fact finding mission to determine the true cause of the fatal incident in Faraba Banta on June 18, 2018, and to determine who is/are responsible for the killings, the Commission made series of interviews across the board including interviews with the people of Faraba and the police. Notwithstanding, it could not verify whose gunshots took the lives of the three people.

“Due to an inability of the villagers to identify with sufficient specificity the PIU personnel who actually shot at the villagers mainly because of the helmets and other riot gears the PIU personnel were wearing at the time, the Commission could not establish with sufficient particularity the identities of the PIU personnel who actually shot and killed the villagers,” the report says.

Nonetheless, officers who carried guns during the bloody incident were identified to have lost ammunition.

“However, it is in evidence that the following PIU personnel that carried guns during the incident were also found after the incident to have lost ammunitions: ASP Musa Fatty, PC Musa Badjie, PC Nuha Colley, and 1st Class Momodou Z. Jallow.”

It was clearly stated in the report that the officers who opened fire at the civilian protesters acted alone in their unlawful acts. However,the report also indicates a senior officer could be liable.

“The evidence also places Superintendent Babucarr Cham at the scene throughout the disturbances and the Commission has found that he could be liable as a superior.”

Author: Sankulleh Gibril Janko