Abdoulie G. Dibba and Mustapha Jallow
Information reaching this medium has it that Lamin Camara, the Principal of Damfaye School in the Sami District Central River Region has been arrested on Friday by the Bansang Police.
According to sources, Mr Camara was transporting some donated materials in a vehicle but the vehicle was detained by the police upon arrival at the Kaur check point, the driver was intercepted by the police and in the process.
On Friday 18 December, Mr. Camara was arrested at his residence and taken to Bansang Police Station where he is currently being detained. It is said that three men on motorcycles, who identified themselves as police officers, asked him to accompany them to Bansang police station and which he did riding his own motor bicycle.
When contacted on the issue, Police Commissioner Sankareh confirmed the arrest and indicated that the principal is under investigation.
Asked as to what crime he is being investigated, Commissioner Sankareh indicated that he cannot give that information to the press and referred the reporter to the Police Public Relation Officer. “I cannot disclose that but contact the Police Public Relation Officer and I will furnish him with all the information with regards to Camara,” stated Commissioner Sankareh.
The school principal is now held at the Bansang police station without release or court appearance for more than 72 hours in contravention of Section 19 Subsection (3)(b) of the constitution of the second republic which states that “Any person who is arrested or detained… who is not released, shall be brought without undue delay before a court and, in any event, within seventy-two hours”.