Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Police Still ‘Unaware’ of Soldier’s Alleged Killing of Old Woman

Police Spokeperson, ASP Mballow
Police in Banjul have continued to deny having any knowledge of the death of Mariama Ann, a retired civil servant, who died after a military officer, ran over her since Friday August 26.
The old woman, a retired cleaner at department of NGO affairs was knocked down at the outskirts of Mile 2 prison in Banjul where she went to visit her jailed son.
She died on the spot, said our sources, who could not identify the military officer, but suspect that he was from the newly established Hamza Barrack in Banjul.
But both the police and Ministry of Justice have denied knowledge of the incident.

“We are still not aware of her death,” police spokesperson Mballow told this paper at his office in Banjul, yesterday.
The deceased, Mariama Ann is a native of Sinchu Alagie village in West Coast Region of The Gambia.
One of her relative, Mr Antouman Gaye, a senior Gambian lawyer has confirmed that the imam of State House, Abdoulie Fatty, Imam Ratib of Banjul and two other military officers had paid condolence to the deceased’s family.
Yet, two months on, Gambia’s police spokesperson said, he received no information regarding the old woman’s death.
Lawyer Gaye has however assured that justice will be done. “We are not going to negotiate the matter,” he said.

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