Lt. Jarju, 4 Others Detained

By Mustapha Jallow

Information reaching Foroyaa indicate, that 5 members of the Gambia Armed Forces were arrested nearly three weeks ago, and have since been detained at the Guards Battalion in Fajara Barracks, under the watchful eyes of the Military Police.

A military source said the soldiers who are currently under detention without trial include: Lieutenant Abdoulie Jarju, Staff Sergeant Baboucarr alias ‘Nyakareh’ Sanneh, Lance Corporal Sambujang Bojang, Corporal Lamin Nyassi and Staff Sergeant Mbemba Camara. The source further said Sstg. Camara was later moved to Yundum Barracks, where he is continuing his detention.

According to the source, the officers were arrested on different dates and times in relation to their involvement in the ongoing investigation of an alleged ‘‘Whatsapp’’ group.

‘‘Staff Sergeant Yorro Jatta and Sstg. Sanneh were the first officers to be arrested and interrogated by the MPs (Military Police) but it is reported that Ssgt. Yorro later managed to escape his captors and fled the country,’’ the source added.

At the time of going to press, frantic efforts to reach the GAF spokesperson, Major Lamin K. Sanyang, to shed more light on the long detention of the soldiers and whether charges have been preferred against them, proved futile as his cell phone kept ringing without an answer.