‘Negligence causes Jeshwang prison break’

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

The spokesman of The Gambia Prison Services has raised eye brows in what is regarded to be one of the major prison breaks in the country’s history.

Spt. Momodou Lamin Ceesay, who was speaking in an exclusive with The Point, blamed the officers on duty for what he called - their negligence resulting in the escape of 23 prisoners at the Remand Wing of the Jeshwang Prison.  

“At least if there was push and pull between the prisoners and the officers on duties which may result in the injury of the officers on duty, we will have known that they have tried their level best in arresting them before they escape. The officers are currently detained and helping us on our investigation. They not yet charge but they will be disciplined through the Prison Act.”

The prisoners, Ceesay said, escaped through the roof where the prisoners were kept. “We have to understand that these are old building that needs massive renovation and they have been there since the colonial time,” he stated

The GPS public relations officer (PRO) said out of the 23 prisoners that escaped, 9 of them are juveniles while the other 14 are adults. “One of them has been arrested and is currently detained at the Bundung Police Station as investigation into the matter continues,” he told our reporter in an interview

Ceesay said all the adult prisoners were jailed in connection with possession of drugs, assaults cases, threatening violence, house breaking, conspiracy to commit felony and robbery. “The only one with high charge is Nfamara Jarjusey who is held in connection with rape,” 

According to him they are currently working with their securities colleagues in arresting the escaped prisoners, while calling on the general public to help them in that crusade. “All the escaped prisoners are residents of the Greater Banjul Area. However, our preliminary investigation reveals that there was no conspiracy between the officers and the prisoners.” 

Author: Momodou Jawo