GAMBIA: EDITORIAL: THE ALLEGED MURDER OF EDMOND THOMAS IS A WORRISOME DEVELOPMENT!

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The alleged murder of Edmond Thomas is a worrisome development as far as our nation’s new-found democracy is concerned. Preliminary evidence gathered so far, points to a possible foul play. It is a scary moment for our country. Folks are being murdered in broad daylight.

An autopsy report on the death of Edmond Thomas has revealed that Thomas’s death was not as a result of natural causes. This followed, his family’s insistence that a postmortem must be conducted on Edmond’s body before burial.

We have been told that Edmond’s burial has been delayed, following the disturbing autopsy report. His burial has been rescheduled for a later date.

Edmond Thomas is Ebou Jallow’s half-brother.  Jallow was the former junta spokesman. His brother got allegedly murdered hours after he (Jallow) had made chilling revelations on Freedom Radio Gambia, exposing the alleged killers of Gambia’s former Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Ousman Koro Ceesay. Former dictator Yahya Jammeh, Edward Singhateh, Peter Singhateh, Alhagie Kanyi, the late Tumbul Tamba, Yankuba Touray and co’s names came up during Jallow’s radio appearance.

It is Jallow’s contention that his brother was allegedly murdered because of his recent revelation exposing Koro’s alleged killers. He has since called on The Gambian government to pursue and bring his brother’s alleged killers to book.

Our condolences to Ebou Jallow and his family. We vehemently condemn the alleged murder of Edmond Thomas. We demand justice in the case of Edmond Thomas.

Police have taken into custody a local watchman, who was hired to guard the mechanic shop in Brikama, where the late Edmond Thomas used to work. The watchman is being treated as a suspect at this hour. Other suspects were also reportedly questioned by the police, per the information reaching us.

On a final note, we call on The Gambian government to prioritize national security. Our country is going through a transition, and the security of her citizens is sacrosanct.

The government should also consider sending active serving members of the security forces, who are linked to human rights violations on an administrative leave, pending the outcome of the TRRC findings. We rest our case.

WRITTEN BY PA NDERRY M’BAI

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