Ex-Senegalese military officer arrested for murder

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Police have arrested one Papa Ibrahima Haliloulaye Thiam, an ex-Senegalese military officer in connection with the murder of Fatou Loum, a lady who was killed in Kololi.

He is charged with murder contrary to Section 187 of the Criminal Code cap 10.01 Volume 3 Laws of The Gambia 2009.

The suspect is currently in police custody helping officers in their investigation with a view to get to the root of the matter.

The deceased, believed to be in her 20s was a resident of Lamin village in the Kombo North District, West Coast Region (WCR). She had a beauty salon in Kololi where she worked.

The suspect Ibrahima Haliloulaye Thiam was an ex-Senegalese military officer who was discharged in 1997.

People familiar with the matter indicated that the suspect was one time posted in St. Louis and also some military barracks in southern Casamance region.  

Speaking to journalists at a press conference held at the Kotu Police Station where the suspect was paraded, the public relations officer (PRO) of The Gambia Police Force (GPF) Supt. David Kujabi said the deceased Fatou Loum was murdered at her beauty salon in Kololi with her mouth gagged; hands and legs tied before she was strangulated to death.

The incident, he added, prompted lot of media coverage and the police also went on their investigation to try and arrest the suspect. “Luckily for us, the investigation yields dividend and the suspect Ibrahima Haliloulaye Thiam was arrested by the investigators,” he said.

PRO Kujabi, added that the suspect claimed that he came to The Gambia in December 2017, adding that just a month and some weeks, the accused committed a crime in the country.

“According to report we received from him, the girl visited her in Serrekunda in the morning of 24 January, 2018, and asked for a tailor because she wanted her cloths to be sewed.”

The police spokesperson further explained that the suspect got the desire to steal from Fatou Loum, and as a result, he attacked her at the back, held her on the neck which resulted to her death. He added that it was after her death that he decided to tie her legs, hands and gagged her mouth.

“The police are doing everything we can. We are patrolling 24 hours and our intelligence are everywhere,” he said. “I want the general public to take cognizant; that we must be careful with the people we meet, because security starts with yourself.” 

Author: Momodou Jawo
Source: Picture:Papa Ibrahima Haliloulaye Thiam