Issued 21 June 2018
Babucarr Jabbie, the leader of the National Progressive Party (NPP) has strongly condemned the killing of three Faraba youths by personnel of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) during a clash between the communities of Faraba and law enforcers on Monday morning.
Late Ismalie Bah, Bakary Kujabi and Amadou Nyang-Jawo were all pronounced dead, with six others injured in the aftermath of the incident.
“The government must launch an independent commission of inquiry into the matter. The perpetrators of this crime should face justice with immediate effect. Our security services need orientation and immediate reform. The new Gambia should be a government by the people and for the people,” he said.
According to Jabbie, who was speaking in an interview with The Point from his base in France, it was so unfortunate that the young people who were unarmed died in the hand of our security personnel. “How can we purport to right the wrongs of the past when we are seeing a repeat of those very same wrongs in the present?”
Jabbie added that the NPP party is so much alarmed by the fact that members of the PIU used excessive force when it opened fire on a group of demonstrators who were merely voicing their concerns over the issue of sand mining.
“Those that were engaged in the protest were exercising their constitutional right for a peaceful demonstration. However, to our surprise they were subjected to grave acts of human rights violations by state actors working for and on behalf of The Gambia government. This is very painful and something must be done immediately with a view to avert such kind of reoccurrence.”
“There should be no selective justice. All those responsible for committing crimes during the former regime and new dispensation should be brought to justice.”