UTG students’ union to protest against killing of Kebba Secka

Thursday, August 01, 2019

The University of The Gambia Students’ Union (UTGSU), has vowed to stage a peaceful protest over what they described the ‘brutal’ killing of Kebba Secka, a final year student of the School of Business and Public Administration.

Student leaders have vowed to hold their protest in October this year in the wake of the trial of the accused person, First Class Constable Lamin Trawally of The Gambia Police Force, who has been charged with murder contrary to Section 187 of the criminal code, laws of The Gambia. He is currently under custody awaiting trial.

“We want to inform the general public and the students of the UTG about the position of the 18 Executive Council of the UTGSU on the ‘callous and the brutal killing of our dear friend’ Kebba Secka,” Ebrima Dampha the UTGSU president said on Wednesday during a press conference.

The UTGSU president said their letter for the protest is on the desk of the Inspector General of Police. “All what we need is to send a supplementary letter for our permit in order to go ahead with the protest. Our intention is to hold the protest in October during the first court sitting of the accused person,” he told journalists during the conference.

“When we received the unfortunate information about Secka’s death, we made sure that we did everything in ensuring that we address the issue accordingly. We engaged our immediate authorities; that’s the UTG administration. We also engaged the GPF PRO Unit in ensuring that investigation is done and the culprits are brought to justice.”

During their inquiry, he went on, they were informed that the person who stabbed the deceased was one of the individuals who is being paid from public funds and charged with the responsibility of protecting the lives and properties of the citizenry.

According to him, they had a meeting with the minister of High Education Research Science and Technology, in which they made it clear that they were ‘dissatisfied, disappointed and very much uncomfortable’ with the current situation.

“Through the meeting with the High Education minister, we were also able to meet the Interior minister and that we echoed the same words to him and also demanded for justice and a statement from the government condemning the incident.”

“The government of The Gambia has a responsibility to protect the citizens. Of course, no student of the UTG is above the law. However, all students of the UTG deserve to be treated rightfully,” he emphasised.

“We are demanding justice for the killing of our colleague. The deceased was very disciplined and was going to contribute immensely towards national development,” Fatoumatta J. Jallow the vice president of the UTGSU stated.

Yankuba Manneh, the UTGSU secretary general said the death of Kebba Secka was shocking to the entire UTG, describing him as a disciplined and hardworking student. 

Meanwhile, the police earlier said the suspect confessed that during the scuffle with the group of boys found smoking cannabis on Tuesday 9 July, 2019, he fought and stabbed the deceased with a knife and fled.

Author: Momodou Jawo & Kaddy Cham