Monday, July 13, 2020

BOTH PARENTS OF COUP SUSPECT STILL DETAINED

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By Mustapha Jallow Essa Bojang and Fatou Sonko, respectively the Father and mother of a former MilitaryDawda Bojang Officer of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF), are still being detained at the state National Intelligence Agency (NIA) headquarters in Banjul. The two have been detained for more than four months without release or court appearance, a reliable source told Foroyaa. Their son Dawda Bojang, who was announced by the state that he has been killed during the 30 December 2014, armed attack on State House is alive and has finally fled to Germany some weeks ago, sources reveals. According to a family source “we went to NIA to appeal for them to allow us access to our loved ones, but some agents at the gate told us that we will not have access to them and we should not think of going back there again,” Attempts have been made to enquire about their state of health which is of grave concern to the family but no information was forthcoming, a family source said. Family members still continue to appeal to the head of state to allow them access or release their loved ones because they are going through difficult times. However, they expressed their displeasure over the continued detention of Essa Bojang, a person with disability, and Mrs. Sonko, a gardener who is the breadwinner of the family. The duo were arrested at their home village of Mbankam in the North Bank Region (NBR) on 1 January, 2015 by security agents in plain clothes who claimed to have come from Amdalai police station and later led into awaiting tinted glass vehicle that whisked them away. Since then they have not returned home. After making several unsuccessful attempts to trace the two at such likely places of detention; Amdalai, Barra and Banjul police stations and the NIA headquarters, the duo were eventually found to be held at the latter.]]>

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