Prisoners hold guards hostage at Mile II

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

An unconfirmed number of prisoners who are currently under detention at the remand wing of the Mile II Central Prison in Banjul were reported to have held hostage some guards in demand to speak with either the director of Prison or the Interior minister.

A source that is familiar with the matter and wished to remain anonymous said the prisoners were demanding to meet either the minister of the Interior or the director general of The Gambia Prison Services (GPS).

According to our source, the incident happens on Monday when the prison guards on their routine checking opened the door where the prisoners were kept. The door-open was part of their daily duties, according to our source.

“The prisoners decided to hold them hostage and demanded to speak to Interior minister or the director general of the GPS.”

It is not clear as to what the prisoners wanted to tell the Interior minister or the DG of the GPS. However, our source stated that the remand wing was full to the brim which many believed could have triggered the prisoners to hold the officers hostage and demanded to speak to their superiors.

Our source said that the prison was so full as a result of backlog of cases at the courts.

Our reporter has been informed that personnel of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) were called to reinforce the prison services officers.

The spokesperson of the GPS, Momodou Lamin Ceesay, said he was not yet aware of the incident, claiming that he was not at work but promised to call back.

The DG of the GPS was also contacted for comments but could not be reached.

It could be recalled that last month about 24 prisoners escaped from the Jeshwang Prison. However, the newly established Anti-Crime Unit of The Gambia Police Force has arrested many of them. Notwithstanding, some of them are still at large. Some prison officers were also arrested in connection with the matter.

Author: Momodou Jawo