UTG student stabbed to death

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Kebba Secka, a resident of Kotu in the Kanifing Municipality and a student of the University of The Gambia (UTG) was reportedly stabbed to death on Tuesday night around the Palma Rima junction, The Point has learnt.

Information reaching The Point has it that Mr. Secka was reportedly stabbed to death by people who claimed to be officers of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency, The Gambia (DLEAG).

The deceased, a 25 year old was a student of the UTG under the School of Business and Public Administration with major in Banking and Finance. His body was taken to the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul for postmortem.

The spokesperson of The DLEAG, Ousman Saidybah, said: “Our preliminary investigation so far reveals the contrary. I have contacted all my regional commands to find out whether there was any operation that took place at that area yesterday. I have also contacted our commissioners to arrange their men whether any of them were involved in an incident around that area. However, they made it clear that no operation was sanctioned yesterday and that none of their men were involved in any altercation.”

“What we learned is that two people were impersonating as DLEAG officers yesterday. They didn’t have warrant cards with them. They were also asked to produce their warrant cards before they conduct any search. I just want to make it clear that all our officers are issued with warrant cards.”

Their preliminary investigation, he said, so far revealed that none of their operatives was involved in any incident. “The police are conducting their investigation. But if any of our officers is involved into the matter, he will face the law because no one is above the law.”

He added that: “Our officer who was on duty when the complaint was brought at the Kotu Police Station did not receive anything regarding the deceased being stabbed by DLEAG officers.”

The spokesperson of The Gambia Police Force ASP, Lamin Njie, has confirmed the development to The Point, saying: “We are aware of the matter and the police are conducting an investigation. What I can tell you at the moment is that the investigation is ongoing. Therefore, we will communicate to you when ever we have any development with regard to the matter.”

Yankuba Manneh, secretary general of the University of The Gambia Students’ Union, described the incident as ‘shocking and unfortunate.’ “We are currently working with the police PRO. At the moment, I can’t tell you the circumstances surrounding Mr. Secka’s death.”

Manneh added that: “Secka’s death is ‘shocking’ to the entire UTG,” adding that the deceased did not finish his course at the UTG.

Author: Momodou Jawo
Source: Picture: Kebba Secka