The Inspector General of Police Yankuba Sonko, has said that the ruling APRC under the leadership of dictator Yahya Jammeh has suffered numerous attacks, assaults and provocation from the opposition during the campaign trail, but the nation’s cop boss warns such perpetrators to desist from such holiganism or risked facing the full force of the law.
Mr. Sonko noted that minor incidences have occurred during some campaigns in few regions but were effectively managed by his institution and the stakeholders. These incidences, he went on, include the assault on the village head of Basori and entourage by stoning in West Coast Region, assault on two APRC militants at Abuko and Cow Junction in Kanifing Region, the tampering with APRC flag and assault on one APRC militant, alleged attempt to remove the portrait of the incumbent president in Ndowen in CRR and stoning of APRC party members in their meetings at Dampha Kunda and Tamba Sansang, both in URR.
All these reported incidences were perpetrated against the APRC party by members of the opposition, IGP Sonko claimed.
“In spite of these minor hitches, we are particularly confident that the forthcoming presidential election would be conducted in an atmosphere of peace and security,” the police chief added.
Mr. Sonko warned that some unscrupulous individuals that may want to take advantage of the situation to cause violence and other forms of crime during and after the election adding that anyone found wanting will face the full wrath of the law.
He said although elections in Africa are sometimes marred by violence and insecurity, they are hopeful that of The Gambia would be a peaceful one whilst calling on the general public to jealously safe-guard the existing peace and security and remains vigilant to report any suspicious or clandestine activity to the police or members of the security agencies for redress.
Sonko reassured the observers and the general public that there is already adequate security countrywide for the election as they have beef up security at all regions, including the key installations and VIPs, at the various polling stations and all political heads.
He hailed the unprecedented level of collaboration among the stakeholder institutions such as IEC, Police, and the National Security Council, civil society organizations, the political parties on election matters who have all been advocating for peace and security during the electoral process.
Written By A Correspondent