By Mustapha Jallow
Military Police have on Monday arrested and detained a State Guard staff, who allegedly opened fire in the air after he was found with suspected cannabis by personnel of the Drug Squad.
Army spokesperson Major Lamin Sanyang said:” Lance Corporal Nuha Conteh reported to work this morning (4th May 2020) and he was arrested by the military police at the state guard in Banjul.”
According to the army spokesperson, the said state guard staff is currently detained at Fajara Barracks.
He said investigation into the issue has commenced.
“Going by our zero tolerance for drugs abuse – all those found guilty of drug possession or abuse were dismissed and handed over to the drug law enforcement agency for prosecution,” he explained.
Ousman Saidybah the spokesperson of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency (DLEAG) said their staff and personnel of The Gambia Police Force stopped a commercial vehicle (BJL 1890 S) for a routine check at the Kalagi Check Point.
He said they asked a man, who was on board the vehicle to follow them at their station. He said the man refused to go with the Drug Law Enforcement personnel, but the Police on duty at the checkpoint helped them to take the man to their office.
Upon arrival at the charge office, he added the said individual took out a pistol, fired a shot in the air to pave way for his escape. Later, he said a search was conducted but he could not be traced.
Saidybah said the incident occurred on 28th April 2020, around 8 pm.