Former Banjul lawmaker charged

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Abdoulie Saine, the former National Assembly Member for Banjul Central has been arrested by police in Banjul in connection with an audio he released that went viral, The Point has been informed

The former Banjul lawmaker has been charged with incitement of violence contrary to Section 59 B 1 (A) of the Criminal Code Cap 10 Volume 111 of the Laws of The Gambia. He is currently detained at the Police Headquarters in Banjul as investigation into the matter continues.

The deputy spokesperson of The Gambia Police Force (GPF), Foday Conta, has confirmed the development to our reporter. Mr. Saine, he said was arrested on Sunday around 9 p.m. at his Banjul residence in connection with an audio – which his own party disassociates itself from.

Mr. Saine comments were widely viewed as divisive and incendiary and were dismissed by his own party who says that on no account he spoke on behalf of the APRC as a party and that he is solely responsible for any statements that he uttered in the audio.

The deputy police relation officer said Mr. Saine’s arrest was not politically motivated. “We have past that stage where police act based on politic. What he did is a threat to national security. Therefore, the police have all right to arrest him. In fact we have to understand that it is also about his owns personal security because if we leave him anything could happen to him.”

Conta urged the general public to desist from such hate speech, saying that it is not good for the country and it creates problem and deters national development.

Author: Momodou Jawo
Source: Picture: Abdoulie Saine