Editorial: Another killing!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The alarming spate of killing involving members of the country’s security apparatus is a cause for concern. On Wednesday, one Ousman Darboe, 36 year-old Sierra Leonean and resident of Dippa Kunda reportedly died after his release from police custody.

Family and close associates of the deceased claimed that he died as a result of ‘alleged torture’ he sustained from members of the Anti Crime Unit (ACU) of The Gambia Police Force (GPF), who arrested him earlier this month.

Just last week, Kebba Secka a student from the University of The Gambia was also killed around the Palma Rima area. The government through the Ministry of the Interior strongly and categorically condemns the tragic murder of 25 year old in the hands of a police officer on 9 July, 2019 as cowardly, heinous and unacceptable.

It is natural that when people come together, tensions and misunderstandings would occur, but that is where the growth of human character is also nurtured.

But our men and women in uniform should also understand that in this new democratic dispensation, people have the right to protest. Gone are the days when our men in uniform took the law into their own hands and they get scot free. We call on the Police Investigation Unit to launch a thorough investigation into the circumstance leading to the death of this 36-year-old Sierra Leonean.

Laws are made to govern us and they must be respected, obeyed and abided by all the times.

This also reminds us about our renewed call for people to do away with mob justice in solving issues. It is becoming rampant these days where people especially the youths taking the law into their hands and vandalising properties and valuable assets, as a way of settling their anger.

The burning on Wednesday of a compound at Ebou Town belonging to Chief Spt. Gorgie Mboob, the commander of Anti Crime Unit was rather unfortunate. Report indicates that it was torched by angry youth, who thronged the streets to protest over the death of the 36-year-old Sierra Leonean.

As a country of decent people, let’s settle our scores amicably without resorting to violence and loss of lives and properties.

“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”

Voltaire