Friday, December 3, 2021

DLEAG Investigators in Brikamaba to Probe Alleged Assault on Drug Suspect

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By Mustapha Jallow

The Drug Law Enforcement Agency Gambia (DLEAG) on Wednesday informed Foroyaa that they are investigating the “assault and abuse” case of one Mr S (name withheld), a suspect arrested for allegedly being in possession of cannabis sativa. 

DLEA’s spokesperson Ousman Saidybah said a team of DLEAG investigators arrived in Brikamaba to investigate the assault allegations on the suspect, but family members of the suspect were unwilling to talk to investigators about the matter. 

He said this comes after a team of investigators was constituted by the management of the anti-drug agency to investigate the allegations and unravel the facts surrounding the matter. 

“I have consulted with the Director General of DLEAG and he informed me that Management has set up a team to investigate the allegations,” Mr Saidybah said.

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He said, according to the information he gathered, the team is currently in Brikamaba. However, he said the investigators were unable to engage the complainant and his family members because they (DLEA investigators) said they family members of the said victim were unwilling to talk to them about the matter. 

“Hence we are all aware about the fact that the NHRC is equally probing into the matter, let us exercise patience and await the outcome of their inquisition,” Saidybah said.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, DLEAG told Foroyaa that the NHRC is investigating the allegations of assault made by Mr X. 

The suspect, 24, native of Brikamaba, was arrested by the DLEAG officers stationed in Bansang on 13th September 2021, around 9pm. 

“The National Human Rights Commission is presently investigating the matter and as such, we may not want to comment further on this issue until they are done with their investigations. I am sure that once they are done with their probe, they will share their findings with all concerned parties for further action,” DLEAG spokesperson Saidybah said in a statement. 

Nonetheless, this medium understands that efforts are being made to obtain information and medical documents from the hospital regarding the assault allegation, in addition to collecting potential evidence in Brikamaba.

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