May 7, 2009, 5:08 AM
Over the past few years, the prominent Islamic scholar and imam, Ba Kawsu Fofana, has been subjected to humiliation, and of recent arbitrary arrest and detention without any charge.
We learn yesterday, from a local media report, that Imam Fofana was again approached by officers of the National Intelligence Agency NIA at his compound in Sanchaba Sulay Jobe village on Tuesday.
According to one report, he was first said to have been invited by the officers for a discussion in Banjul, and later to go perform the Laylatul Qadr at State House to offer prayers with other religious leaders.
While other reports said he disappeared into thin air, many speculate that he was finally arrested.
Whatever the case may be, the truth of the matter is that Ba Kawsu is nowhere to be seen by his family members, as at now.
Readers would recall that in May this year, the prominent scholar was arrested in Brikama by security officers and detained for nine days incommunicado.
During this period a cement block reportedly fell on his daughter, who eventually died.
The case of Ba Kawsu raises the issue of his fundamental human rights as a Gambian and a member of the human race being at stake.
The man from all reports seems to have suffered a lot, in recent times, and there is a need to let him live in peace and liberty.