Police clarify Dr Ceesay’s detention

Friday, February 02, 2018

Superintendent David Kujabi, the public relations officer (PRO) of The Gambia Police Force (GPF) on behalf of the Inspector General has clarified the reason (s) of questioning Dr. Ismala Ceesay, a Political Science lecturer at the University of The Gambia at the Police Headquarters in Banjul on Wednesday.

PRO Kujabi added that there were comments he had made in connection with intelligence that the police were looking into and needed clarifications.

Dr. Ceesay was taken for questioning by the police around 1 p.m., after granting an interview to The Voice Newspaper. The paper carried the story under the headline: ECOMIG WOULDN’T PREVENT LONG TERM SECURITY RISK IF….

In the interview, Dr. Ceesay said that the presence of the regional forces in the country will not prevent long-term security risks if the president does not win the trust of the army.

On Thursday, the university Faculty and Staff Association issued a statement expressing appreciations for the support rendered in ensuring the unconditional release of Dr. Ismaila Ceesay from police custody.

“Dr. Ceesay has been released and all charges dropped and the police promised to issue an apology to the UTG community,” the statement stated.

The statement further pointed out that his release was a victory for “our budding democracy and for academic freedom and freedom of expression which we remain resolute in protecting at all cost.”

“We say Thank you to UTG staff and students for turning up at the station and for adding their voice to the call for Dr. Ceesay’s release. We also extend thanks to friends of UTG both at home and abroad for lending their voice to the crusade. All social media commentators, print and electronic media.”

Dr. Ceesay was interviewed until 22:00 hours when he was granted self-bail which he declined to accept. Meanwhile Dr. Ceesay has been released unconditionally, the police say.

The Office of IGP, however, insists it will carry out its functions whenever it believes under any circumstance that would amount to a threat to national security.

Author: Momodou Jawo