MILITARY POLICE RELEASE CAPTAIN SONKO

By Mustapha Jallow

A serving member of the Gambia Armed Forces who was arrested recently and taken to Yundum Barracks by the Military Police, was released on 28 June, 2017, GAF spokesperson told Foroyaa.

PRO Lieutenant Colonel Omar B. Bojang disclosed that Captain Jerreh Sonko was freed from what they call Restriction of Privileges (ROP) and has been cleared to rejoin his unit again.

Although, PRO B. Bojang said there was no charge preferred against Captain Sonko, the officer would undergo internal discipline. ‘‘We are not going to take him to court for that but would punish him internally,’’ he said.

Capt. Sonko was picked up on Thursday, 15 June and put under surveillance at the Barracks. He is said to be part of the senior soldiers who were stationed at Kanilai camp until their withdrawal following the establishment of the new government. ‘‘His wife, friends and relatives were allowed to visit him at the said Barracks,’’ a military source said.

GAF spokesperson had earlier told Foroyaa that Capt. Sonko’s was been investigated for illegally taking his rifle home in Sukuta. He said that Capt. Sonko was ‘not detained’ but ‘put under surveillance’ and the military calls it ‘Restriction of Privilege (ROP)’.

He said that Capt. Sonko is not put in a cell but was allowed to stay inside the Barracks and his movement at the Barracks has been limited.