4 escaped prisoners rearrested

Apr 17, 2020, 2:09 PM | Article By: Momodou Jawo

Personnel of the Anti Crime Unit (ACU) of The Gambia Police Force (GPF) have rearrested four prisoners who recently escaped from the Jeshwang Prison; The Point has been reliably informed.

A source that spoke to our reporter on the condition of anonymity said the four escapees are currently detained at the headquarters of the Anti Crime Unit of GPF as investigation and manhunt for the rest of the escaped prisoners continue.

It could be recalled that last month a total of 21 prisoners including Gambians and non-Gambians who were on trials on charges ranging from being in possession of drugs, house breaking and stealing and reckless driving among a host of other things escaped from the Jeshwang Prison.

When contacted for comments, Modou Lamin Ceesay, the spokesperson of The Gambia Prison Service confirmed the development to The Point, saying “the four escaped inmates were rearrested by personnel of the Anti Crime Unit at different locations within the Kanifing Municipality. They’re currently detained by ACU and manhunt for the other prisoners continues.”

“Among the four rearrested, three of them are Gambians and one a Senegalese. The search for the remaining 17 escaped prisoners still continues.”

Narrating how the incident unfolded, PRO Ceesay said: “The incident happened at a time when the prison officers on the afternoon duties were handing over to the officers that supposed to takeover. The prisoners decided to escape after overcoming the officers. However, during the process, eight prisoners got arrested.”

Readers could also recalled that in August 2018, a total of 23 inmates escaped during a major prison break at the remand wing of the said prison facility, and eight prison officers who were on duties during the incident were arrested.