Dec 30, 2016, 10:35 AM
Chief Spt. officer of The
Gambia Police Forces (GPF), Muhammad Kanteh yesterday told the press that his
family was under target of President Adama Barrow’s government, as he blamed
both Mr. Barrow and the GPF for illegally offending citizens who took to the
streets to exercise their constitutional rights. He added that a permit has
been granted to the protesters by the IGP.
The senior officer who left behind 100 men under his command in Brikama for Kanifing Hospital to see his two brothers who were allegedly stabbed described as illegal and unfair to the country for the police to assault citizens just like that. Kanteh, who spoke in fury said he didn’t care about losing his job and remain a private lawyer.
He said that the protesters have constitutional rights that are being guaranteed, saying “they were issued with a permit to go for their lawful procession, and so why were they stabbed with a knife. “I commanded about 100 men in Brikama as I speak and I left them there because my two brothers are stabbed.”
He claimed that the IGP granted protesters permit and it was just a peaceful and lawful exercise which is also their constitutional right.
“I am not treated fairly and the president himself will know that Kanteh is not treated fairly because when Jammeh refused to step down, I took President Barrow from his house to my brother’s house, where he slept,” he reminded Mr. Barrow.
Spt. Kanteh emphasised that his family has been a target as two of his brothers fell victims to the clash. “That shows that Kanteh’s family is being targeted by Barrow’s government.”