TWO SOLDIERS DETAINED AT NIA FOR 16 DAYS

By Mustapha Jallow

Two soldiers named as SSgt Samba Jawo and SSgt Draman Jahateh, were arrested and detained at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) headquarters in Banjul since on Wednesday, 30th November, 2016, a close family source told Foroyaa.

Jewo Jawo, a sister to SSgt Samba, who walked into Foroyaa’s office yesterday, 14 December, said that her brother and SSgt Jahateh are close friends who were picked up at night in the Yundum Barracks. ‘‘Since on Friday, we have been calling his cell phone but it was switched off. At first we thought they were on standby as is the case during the election period but one of his colleagues later told us that our brother is under arrest and was seen being taken away by the state agents,’’ she said.

The sister, including other family members have made several attempts to visit him at NIA so as to enquire from the agents about their loved ones, but the agents always tell them that they do not know Samba Jawo or Draman.

‘‘We are in a state of trauma and do not know where to go to that’s why we came to Foroyaa. We also want the authorities to know that we’re still concerned and worried about their well-being and safety and that my brother (Jawo) has four children, two boys and two girls whom he provides for’’ s,he disclosed.