“The office of the Inspector General of Police is aware of an audio circulating on social media about an intent to demonstrate without a permit which contravenes the principles of democracy. Therefore, it’s important to note that under section 178 of the 1997 constitution, the Police Force is responsible to preserve, protect and maintain public peace,” said a press release from Gambia’s Inspector General of police Mamout Jobe.
“There is nowhere in the world where a person or group of persons occupy the streets without the consent of the relevant authorities whose presence will be to protect lives and properties of everyone,” IGP Jobe stated.
The public, said the statement, is hereby reminded that the Office of the Inspector General will use all means reasonable to ensure that the peace and tranquility of this country will never be compromised in all its forms.
Furthermore, the statement went on, those who may want to protest or demonstrate should ensure that they comply with the law in order to be protected by the law.
In as much as being in a democratic society, IGP Jobe contends, one has the right to the enjoyment of fundamental human rights, but of course such rights goes with certain responsibilities.
“The office of the Inspector General therefore solicits the cooperation and understanding of all persons residing in the Gambia as with peace everything is possible. Therefore, its everyone’s responsibility to guard jealously the Peace and tranquility that the Gambia is known for ever since,” said IGP Jobe in a statement signed by the police Public Relations Officer Lamin Njie.