By Mustapha Jallow
Yusupha Lowe, a 13 year old boy, and Pa Alieu Lowe, a teenager 19, who are the son and younger brother, respectively, of Baboucar ‘Bai’ Lowe, the former Warrant Officer Class 2 of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF), who is alleged to have been involved in the 30 December
2014 insurgency and fled, are still being detained since their arrest
on New Year’s day.
It was reported that the two together with former wife of Bai Lowe,
who was released earlier, were picked up around 3pm at Lamin village
by men in plain clothes, who claimed to have got their orders from the
Office of the President, and whisked away in a waiting vehicle. Since
then, the two boys have not been seen or heard from by their
relatives, according to a close family source.
The family has been expressing their worries concerning the education
of the two who are still going to school as well as the situation of
the 13 year old who is still a minor. Their continued detention is not
only a flagrant violation of the Constitution of The Gambia on the 72
hours limit but also contravenes the Children’s Act which protects the
rights of minors.
They family is calling on the authorities to release
the two boys to enable them return to school.