Jobe, the Inspector General of The Gambia Police Force (GPF) has affirmed that
his office is open to the media fraternity for any engagement with a view to
strengthening the Police-Press relationship.
“We have regretted of the assault that his meted on GRTS reporters in Bujinga, the home village of former President Yahya Jammeh. We are diligently working on the matter and the perpetrators will be brought to justice,” he said.
The police chief was speaking on Thursday morning at the Police Headquarters in Banjul during a meeting with the executive members of The Gambia Press Union (GPU). IGP Jobe affirmed his office’s continued commitment and to work with the GPU for the safety and security of journalists.
He said that on any deployment of police personnel to any place that could require media coverage, the officers will be briefed about how to engage with the media.
If any journalist is attacked either by party supporters or the police or anybody, he said, the best thing to do is to lodge a formal complaint to the police with a view to enabling them conduct their marathon investigation.
Commenting on the case of Pa Modou Bojang, a journalist who was allegedly assaulted by members of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) in Faraba during the clash, which resulted in the death of three youths, IGP Jobe said the Faraba Commission, which was instituted by President Barrow to probe the incident, is handling the matter.
The police, he went on, were working on the case previously. However, when the Faraba Commission was established, the case file was transferred to the Commission.