Seedy Njie said his questioning was politically motivated

Monday, January 22, 2018

Seedy Njie, the spokesman for The Gambia’s former governing Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) party has told The Point that his questioning on Friday was politically motivated.

Njie, who doubles as the APRC press secretary and also a former nominated National Assembly Member (NAM) was picked-up by some plain clothes officers of the State House Intelligent Unit.

The APRC spokesman added that he was questioned for hours over comments he made about the arrest and continuous detention without charge of one of his party’s supporters, Landing Manneh.

Mr. Njie said: “I woke up this morning Friday 19 January 2018 after 7 a.m. saw four plainclothes men – one of them, a driver standing close to my vehicle waiting to arrest me.

The officers rushed to me and claimed to be police officers informing me and said they were police officers acting on directive from the Office of the President to get me. One of them, he said, later said that his name was Lamin Darboe. They further told me that “we are taking you to Police Headquarters in Banjul.” “I asked them to go and will join them but they insisted taking me then I decided to get back to my house to change my dress.”

The officers, he went on, whisked him away in a double cabin pick-up to State House NIA office where Muhammed Kanteh, the director of Intelligence Office of President was waiting with other officers.

“The reason why you are brought here is in connection with your recent call for the release of your supporter Landing Manneh and you (Seedy) also said that what the country need is national reconciliation and unity not violence these words should not come from you as a political leader,” he stated.

“Landing is arrested by the security, how can you say that he should be released? The interrogation, he said, lasted for about two hours or more and was asked to report back on Monday to the same office. “I told the team that I will continue to call for his release and any other detainees.”

Author: Momodou Jawo