A serious prisoner riot occurred at the Mile Two Central prison this past Tuesday, FREEDOM NEWSPAPER CAN AUTHORITATIVELY REPORT. Prisoners at the confinement wing of the prison, went on a rampage, allegedly setting their mattresses on fire and destroying public property, amid demands from the prisoners for a better living condition, among others, sources familiar with the story have told this medium.
The police intervention unit (PIU) had to be called in to help reinforce the prison wardens on duty at the nation’s main central prison. The rioting prisoners nearly set the jail on fire.
Calm returned to the prison, which is situated near the capital city Banjul, following hours of push and pull between the inmates and the PIU officers, who were deployed to restore order.
A Gambian law enforcement officer, who spoke to the Freedom Newspaper on condition of anonymity, has confirmed the incident. He says the matter is under investigations.
The officer also says he strongly believes that the prisoners were instigated to embark on the protest action. He promises to fill us in with more details later.
In another development, six prisoners were said to have escaped from the Jeshwang prison three days ago.
Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai
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