Friday, December 2, 2011

Cloud Thickens over Retired Civil Servant’s Death

Army PRO Bojang
The spokesperson of The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) dismissed allegations that one Mariama Ann, a retired cleaner at the department of NGO affairs was killed by a military personnel.
A resident of Sinchu Alagie village in the West Coast region of The Gambia, the retired civil servant met her death on August 26, after she was knocked down by a vehicle at the outskirts of Mile 2 Central Prison in Banjul where she went to visit her remanded son, Abdul Aziz, who is standing trial on economic crimes.
According to eyewitnesses, the man driving the vehicle that knocked the old woman was a military personnel.
 None of the eyewitnesses have however recorded the details of the vehicle as it was said to be speeding. Some suspect that he was from the newly established Hamza Barracks in Banjul.
“I’m not aware of it,” army spokesperson Omar Bojang however told The Daily News at his office in Banjul.
He added: “That’s why we are discouraging vehicles with tinted glasses. She might even be knocked by a civilian, who knows?”
Meanwhile, Justice Minister Edu Gomez and the police spokesperson Mballow have both denied knowledge of the tragic incident. 
Antouman Gaye, a senior Gambian lawyer and a relative to the deceased 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.
Lawyer Gaye has however assured that justice will be done. “We are not going to negotiate the matter,” he said.

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