The armed attack on the state house on Tuesday 30 December 2014 led to
the death of four of the attackers and the capture of one of them. It
took eight days before an official statement was issued.Since then many readers have been asking Foroyaa questions about the
incident and these questions keep surfacing over and over again.
The following are some of the questions that readers keep asking:
1. Was there any casualty on the side of Government? The official
statement said nothing about this.
2. How many persons have been arrested in relation to the incident?
Readers say that they have only heard rumours or read in the
newspapers about arrests and detentions but do not know the extent of
these arrests and detentions.
3. How many of the arrestees have been released?
4. How many of these arrestees are members of the army? Some readers
say that President Jammeh has indicated that members of the armed
forces of The Gambia are not involved in the armed attack and would
therefore like to seek clarification on rumours of members of the
armed forces being arrested.
5. Have relatives been having access to their loved ones in the army
since the December 30 incident? Is it true that some relatives have
received gifts from their loved ones without being able to see them
since the December 30 incident? Some relatives have not heard from
their loved ones since the incident? Readers want clarification.
6. Why are relatives of suspects arrested?
The constitution calls for an accountable government. It says in the
preamble, “This Constitution provides for us a fundamental Law, which
affirms our commitment to freedom, justice, probity and
Furthermore, the constitution wants the government to derive its
strength from the people and not to oppress them. It stipulates in
section 1 subsection (2): “The Sovereignty of The Gambia resides in
the people of The Gambia from whom all organs of government derive
their authority and in whose name and for whose welfare and prosperity
the powers of government are to be exercised in accordance with this
Hence to persist in arresting people without due process of law does
not make a government strong, it can only undermine its credibility.
Any semblance of strength of such government can only be short-lived.