Gambia’s Police expert Seedy Ceesay said the successive deaths of university student Kebba Secka, and mobile phone repair service provider Ousman Darboe don’t augur well for the Security Security Reform (SSR).
“I know these cases are all under investigation. But it doesn’t tell well for the ongoing reforms,” Coastal Security Ltd boss told this medium in an exclusive interview.
Clashes erupted in Kanifing Municipality Wednesday following the death of Ousman Darboe who was under a police investigation. Authorities have vowed to shed light on the circumstances surrounding his death as a police officer got arrested in a separate case linked to the night stabbing of Kebba Secka.
Citing reliable sources, Seedy Ceesay made it clear that it is Police Constable Trawally who allegedly stabbed to death the university student.
“Under the powers of the Police, there is nothing that says a police officer should in possession a knife while carrying out his/her duty,” he remarked.
A former member of the British Police and Freedom Radio news anchor for years, Seedy Ceesay added his voice to the chorus of calls, urging gov’t to open an inquiry into the death of Serrekunda Market’s Ousman Darboe.
“I think they (the Police) will do a postmortem in order to establish whether the Police are involved or not,” he said. “If the Police are found wanting, those implicated should be brought to book.”
Putting things into perspective, Ceesay said it is important for the SSR to take an inner look of policing in the country.
In an attempt to chart the way forward, Seedy Ceesay called on authorities to move towards democratic policing.
“Democratic policing is applicable under this new political dispensation,” he explained. “The Police must be seen to be democratic, to abide by the rules and their powers must be known to the citizens.”
He further stated that police officers must also exercise their duty of care over any arrestee.
However, Coastal Security Ltd Managing Director expressed concerns over the way Police are treating those who are detained for criminal infractions.
“Detainees are only entitled to one meal per day,” he deplored while indicating that the Police should be doing a routine test in order to assess their health for dangers that might follow their incarceration.
“The welfare of the person needs to be guaranteed,. Being booked at a police station for an alleged crime does not mean they should not take care of you,” he indicated.
Written by Abdoulie John
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