GAF still searching 3 escaped soldiers

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Personnel of the Military Police of The Gambia Armed Force (GAF) are currently manhunting three escaped soldiers from Fajara Barracks, The Point has learnt.

The spokesperson of GAF, Major Lamin Sanyang, confirmed the development to The Point, saying that the military police of GAF are currently looking for the suspects.

It could be recalled that personnel of the military police last month arrested six soldiers from Fajara Barracks as they were posted at Gunjur. Their arrest followed a land tussle between Berending and Gunjur that led to a loss of life (Buba Jammeh) former staff of Brikama Area Council (BAC). These three soldiers who were on duty absconded and left their rifles.

The GAF spokesperson however stated that a joint investigation board comprising personnel from the Office of the President, State Intelligence Service, Gambia Armed Forces, the Police and from the Office of the National Security has been set-up to investigate the circumstances of the arrested soldiers.

The investigation, he went on, will be looking into conduct and discipline as members of the armed forces among others. He added that this is to ascertain whether the soldiers were arrested in connection with the attempt to arrest the Chief of Defence Staff of the GAF. PRO Sanyang added that the investigation will be looking into a wide range of issues.

“Three soldiers who were part of the six soldiers arrested initially have been released. The investigation is ongoing and we will update you in case of any development,” he told our reporters in an interview.

In another development, PRO Sanyang said the investigation file of former Lance Corporal Ismaila Tamba, a native of Kanilai in Foni Kansala of the West Coast Region who was reportedly shot by personnel of The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) after a brief squabble with soldiers at a military checkpoint at Kanilai, the home village of former President Yahya Jammeh has been sent to their legal department for advice.

More than nine soldiers were earlier taken into custody by personnel of the military police in connection with the incident.

Tamba was shot in his back. He was rushed to Bwiam Hospital but later referred to Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul for medical attention.

He said Lance Corporal Samba Bah who was reportedly shot in his leg by Lance Corporal Sylvester Gomez is recovering speedily and that the investigation into the matter is almost completed.

Author: Momodou Jawo & Kaddy Cham
Source: Picture: Major Lamin Sanyang