Police questions, detains Dr Ismaila Ceesay

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Dr. Ismaila Ceesay, a Political Science lecturer at the University of The Gambia (UTG) has been invited for questioning by officers of the Gambia Police Force (GPF), at the Police Headquarters in Banjul.

The Point has been reliably informed that he was detained. 

Dr. Ceesay, who had been viewed by Senior Management of the University of The Gambia as the most radical lecturer after leading a last year’s sit-down-strike was invited for questioning yesterday by the police around 1 p.m., after granting an interview to The Voice Newspaper, sources said.

Those working for the medium believed that the headline of the story: ECOMIG WOULDN’T PREVENT LONG TERM SECURITY RISK IF…, - could be the thing that triggered his questioning and detention.

In the interview, Dr. Ceesay further said that: “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.”

He added: “Many Gambians do not understand the army during Jammeh’s era. I can tell you that over 75% of Gambia’s military men will not die for Jammeh. They just don’t have a choice. It was not just the army that was following Jammeh. What about the ministers who were around him? So many people thought that the whole army was loyal to Jammeh but soldiers will tell you that Jammeh had more sophisticated weapons at State House than all other camps put together.”

Dr. Ceesay’s questioning by police attracted string of condemnations on the social media within and outside the country.

His detention has been widely viewed as a sign of dictatorship in the making.

Many believed that Dr. Ceesay, being an outspoken critic of the Barrow administration could also be another factor.

Author: Momodou Jawo