During the Jammeh administration many allegations used to be made to claim that rebels from Casamance were recruited and used as thugs to impose a regime of coercion on the Gambian people. The TRRC has not come to an end and many revelations are yet to be given. The evidence so far tends to indicate that Gambians were serving as state agents who had to make people to suffer or face the consequences themselves.
The lesson is therefore clear that each political situation could shape the type of security apparatus that is established. Leaders who want to subjugate the people would train the agents of the state to have no mercy on them. Leaders who wish for agents to protect the people would educate them to protect country, people and property.
The type of leaders a country has will determine the type of security forces it would have.