Julangel councilor, 7 others detained, released

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Police in Basse have arrested and detained the newly elected councilor of the Julangel Ward in the Jimara District of Upper River Region and 7 others over an alleged assault case, The Point has learned.

According to police source, on Wednesday March 12, 2018, the deputy police commissioner of URR had invited the National Assembly Member for Jimara District, Alagie H. Sowe, for questioning at the Bakadagi Police Station after a complaint was lodged against him and four others.

 Hon. Sowe and the four people upon arrival at Bakadagi Police Station were asked to go to the Basse Police Station.

At the Basse Police Station, our sources say, Sara Jawo the GDC District chairman plus one Ebrima Manneh the newly elected councilor and two others were detained but later released.

On Saturday April 14, the station officer of Basse Police Station called them to report at the station upon receipt of an order from Banjul, a source said.

According to our sources the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) personnel who were going to arrest some alkalolu within some villages in the Jimara District of URR had an accident.

When contacted the National Assembly member for Jimara District, Hon. Alhagie H. Sowe, confirmed the development to our reporter. He described the incident as ‘politically motivated’. “Their problem is that fact that the GDC party wins the NAM seat in Jimara and that of the Julangel Ward,” he opined.

 The people of Jimara, he went on, will continue to redouble their unflinching support to the GDC party because it is a party for development.

The police spokesperson Spt. David Kujabi, said they received an assault case in the house of one Dodou Sanneh, of Koro Jula Kunda village of the Jimara District. This, he said, warranted them to arrest the suspects.

The public relations officers of The Gambia Police Force (GPF), however, denied that the arrest of the GDC supporters was as a result of executive directives or politically motivated. “That’s a speculation and rumour going around. But why should we wait for executive directives to arrest someone when already there is an assault case,” he queried.

Author: Momodou Jawo