Gambia murder fugitive arrested in Senegal

Monday, March 04, 2019

Bilal Conteh, a native of Garawol village, Kantora District, of the Upper River Region has been arrested by security personnel at Bachely village in the southern region of Casamance, Senegal over the death of Hagie Marie Ceesay of Garawol, The Point has been reliably informed.

The suspect, our source in URR said, has been handed over to The Gambian authorities since his arrest by the Senegalese gendarmerie at Bachely village, which is situated at the border between Senegal and Mali.

He was reported to have stabbed Hagie Marie Ceesay to death with a knife in the stomach on Wednesday, November 14th before fleeing the country to Senegal.

Our source in the region further added that the cause of Hagie’s death was due to a caste scuffle that occurred at Garawol village in the Kantora District which is one of the biggest Sarahule settlements in the country. Since the incident happened last year, the suspect fled the country and all efforts for his arrest by the Gambian security proved futile.

The Point has been informed that the search for the suspect started at Kolda Town between the Senegalese securities and the community of Garawol.

A WhatsaApp audio from Garawol addressed to the police has warned that taking Bilal to Garowol, could cause further tension.

Police have confirmed the detention of the suspect. Our source added that the suspect is currently being detained at the Police Headquarters in Banjul as investigation into the matter deepens.

Over the years there have being a strong cordial working relationship between the Senegal securities and that of their Gambian counterparts. Many people that committed crimes and ran into Senegal were arrested and handed over to The Gambia authorities.

Author: Momodou Jawo