IGP Jobe: I want Gambia to be crime free nation

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The newly appointed acting inspector general of The Gambia Police Force (GPF) Mamour Jobe, has said that one of his priorities is to make sure that Gambia remains a crime free nation and also strengthen the police public relationship.

“We want to reduce crime and its related issues to zero. The newly established Anti Crime Unit is working 24 hours in making sure that we achieve our objectives in reducing crime and its related issues in the country,” he declared.

He was speaking during a press conference at the Police Headquarters in Banjul, barely 72 hours after his appointment as the acting inspector general of police.

He said plans are underway; looking into context how things unfolded Faraba with a view to ensuring that it never repeats itself in the country. “What causes it and what was the lesson learned? I think it is a matter the commission will unveil after the completion of it findings.”

Commenting on the detention of the arrested security personnel with regard to the Faraba incident, the police chief said the fundamental right is equal to all, to be extended to law enforcement officers. “Their case will be brought as soon as possible. It is hope that probably before the end of the week there case will be mentioned in court,” he hinted.

The officers involved in the incident, he added, are currently under suspension. “They are not charged yet,” he said, pointing out that they can only be charged at the end of the investigation when one “can determine whether a crime is committed.”

He further noted that the investigators would do their job and later send it to the legal body that will look at the investigators’ report and will advise on the appropriate charge(s) to be proffered.

Also commenting on the killing of Haruna Jatta, the protester who was reportedly shot by a member of the ECOMIG Forces at Kanilai, the acting IGP said the case was investigated and a file has been sent to the AG Chambers. “We are yet to get the response of that legal advice. All what was needed was done on the ground and it is now left to the legal body to look at it and see what appropriate action to take.”

Jobe added that with regard to the Faraba incident a coroner has already been contacted and he has done the examination and the bodies have been given to their families while the report is yet to be submitted to the commission.

Author: Momodou Jawo
Source: Picture: The newly appointed IGP Mamour Jobe