New details have emerged about the actual circumstances surrounding the firing of Gambia’s police Chief Ben Wilson, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Mr. Wilson’s dismissal from the Force had to do with his refusal to use force to quell the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP’S) standoff at Fass Njaga Choi some time ago. Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh had instructed Ben to use maximum force to thwart the opposition/police standoff, but the police Chief was bit reluctant to enforce Jammeh’s orders.
The opposition leader Ousainou Darboe was touring the country, when he got stopped in Fass Njaga Choi by armed police. The reason that was given for the police stop was he didn’t have police permit to organize meetings across the country. But the opposition leader maintains that the police ignored his application for permit and as such he has no other alternative but to proceed with his tour.
According to highly placed sources, Yahya Jammeh wanted the personnel of the police intervention unit (PIU) to use live ammunition to disperse the opposition leader Ousainou Darboe and his followers, but thanks to Ben Wilson, no live shot was fired during the standoff. Jammeh was fuming with rage, when he phoned Ben, who was about to travel outside the country at the material time. Jammeh ordered the police Chief to ensure that the opposition was stopped from proceeding from their nationwide tour.
The dictator told Ben that the tour should be disrupted by any means necessary even if it means gunning down the opposition entourage. He also ordered for the arrest of the UDP Executive, including the party’s leader Mr. Darboe.
Acting on Jammeh’s orders, the former IGP Ben Wilson ordered his men under his command to confront the opposition entourage, when they reached at Fass Njaga Choi. However, Ben instructed the officer commanding the North Bank region to ensure that no force or any form of provocation was meted out to Mr. Darboe and his followers. And his men executed his orders as directed. There was no confrontation between the police and the opposition followers throughout the standoff.
Ben Wilson employed conflict resolution management during the standoff. Even whereas his boss Jammeh wanted the opposition followers to be shot at, he was able to resolve the matter amicably without any bloodshed. Mr. Darboe and his followers proceeded with their tour after the police had withdrawn from the site.
Few days after the standoff, Jammeh fired Ben Wilson in retaliation. He was not happy that Ben failed to execute his orders to use force to disperse Darboe and his followers. He then promoted the North Bank Region police OC Sowe to the position of Deputy Inspector General of police. Jammeh then reinstated Ben’s predecessor Yankuba Sonko to replace him. He also fired the former DIG of police at the same time.
Jammeh wants security chiefs, who are ready and determined to kill his countrymen for him during the time of crisis. And Ben was not the right candidate for him. He has decided to let him go.
In an attempt to escape from the dictator’s radar, Ben has decided to reunite with his wife in the United Kingdom. Ben is a holder of UK residency. He was granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK prior to his political woes with the deranged Kanilai dictator, according to sources. Ben has no intensions of returning to The Gambia in the short term, according to competent sources.
As political tensions are mounting up ahead of Gambia’s 2016 Presidential elections, dictator Yahya Jammeh has strategized a game plan to use his ruthless security forces to shot and kill opposition supporters. Ben Wilson’s firing is a clear indication that Jammeh is determined to use his rogue security chiefs, who are on his hire to murder payroll to harm our defenseless citizens. The international community should keep an eye on this mad dog Kanilai monster. He is up to no good. Jammeh is determined to cling onto power by any means necessary. He needs to be stopped.
Written by Pa Nderry M’Bai