Journalist Bojang to sue IGP Kinteh

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Following his release from police custody, detained Gambian Journalist Pa Modou Bojang, on Monday sworn to take legal action against the Inspector General of Police Landing Kinteh for the “torture” and “wounds” he sustained while covering the ill-fated Faraba incident.

Bojang, was allegedly detained and tortured by personnel of Police Intervention Unit (PIU) during their clash with residents of Faraba Banta on Monday, which lead to the shooting dead of two, with nine other sustaining injuries.

Speaking to reporters shortly after his released from police custody in Brikama on Monday morning, Mr. Bojang said he was detained for six hours.

He continued; “I arrived at the scene in the morning. There was no police around at the time. I did my interviews and gathered my facts. While on that, I saw speeding police truck towards the village. The PIU personnel started firing bullets. I ran and covered under a Mango tree,” he said. Two men were killed in the Monday Faraba clash when Police fired live bullets while several others sustain injuries while trying to disperse the mob.

Journalist Bojang was released from detention at about 6 on Monday without any charge. He will undergo medical checkup to determine the complications of his injured body.

 Bojang went to the scene in the morning for news coverage when he came under attack.

“They beat me seriously and stole my recorder, which they should return to me. I told them that I underwent a heart surgery; that I have a pacemaker on me but the beating became even more brutal as more personnel joined in. I got injured on my head and gum and other parts of my body. I could have died. I am lucky to be alive.”

Author: Pa Modou Cham