Soldier Sambujang Bojang’s torture case remains unresolved. His abusers have been allowed to go scot free after inflicting bodily harm, and mental torture on the Fajara barracks soldier. This is not a good sign as far as the new Gambia is concerned.
The failure on the part of the National Intelligence Agency, now called the State Intelligence Services (SIS) leadership to come out clean to deny or confirm this damning accusations speaks volume Gambia! The SIS under the leadership of Ousman Sowe, owe it to the Gambian people to disavow the conduct of their rogue agents since they couldn’t debunk Bojang’s allegations against the agency.
As the saying goes: silence could be construed as guilt on the face of an unchallenged allegations against this onetime discredited spy agency reputed for its torture trademark against Gambians.
Our colleagues at Eye Africa TV, especially brother Essa Bokarr Sey, should be commended for picking on the story. Torture in any form should be condemned. And this was brilliantly articulated by Eye Africa’s Diplomatic and National Security analyst Mr. Sey.
As indicated by Mr. Sey, President Barrow is not the type who will encourage or condone torture in his administration. But on the same vein, we expect the Commander-in-chief to get to the bottom of Mr. Bojang’s allegations against the SIS.
The SIS should not be allowed to operate in isolation from Barrow’s government as it obtained under Jammeh’s rule. The men and women of the SIS, should account for their daily operational activities. They are not above the law.
Saihou Saidly, AKA honest Gambian was also on point by urging the National Assembly to use their legislative powers to summon the SIS boss to shed light on Sambujang Bojang’s allegations. This is crucially imperative. Excesses from our security forces should not be condoned in this new Gambia.
We encourage victims of torture to emulate Sambujang Bojang by speaking out. We cannot afford to go back to the old dark days of Jammeh’s rule. Human rights of detainees should be respected.