Anger and frustration continue to grip some personnel of Gambia’s security forces over what they called their Senegalese colleagues move to pursue suspected would be criminals into Gambian soil to arrest them, Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Senegalese security agents have lately been entering The Gambia to pursue suspected drug dealers, armed robbers, cattle wrestlers and timber smugglers. In some occasions, Senegalese security agents would raid Gambian villages and open fire at suspected criminals on their radar.
Just this past week, residents of the Upper River Region were greeted with sounds of gunshots, as Senegalese security agents pursued villagers suspected of selling marijuana. A local resident was shot in the hand and arrested together with another villagers. They were taken to a military post in neighboring Senegal. The wounded Gambian national was hospitalized. He and his co villager have been charged, pending court appearance in Senegal.
The Gambian security only came to know about the transnational entry made by the Senegalese security after the arrest of the URR villagers. They were shocked about the conduct of the Senegalese security.
At a meeting held at the ECOMIG Office in Bakau, this past Monday, the issue was of the URR incident was raised. The Senegalese security attaché had informed his Gambian colleagues that the raid was justified. He claimed that The Gambian and Senegalese government had signed a bilateral security agreement. Part of the agreement covers cross border pursuing of suspected criminals evading justice from the two nations, the Senegalese officer was quoted as having said.
The Gambian security agents attached to the ECOWAS Command were taken aback by the Senegalese army officer’s comments. A French version of the purported agreement was brandished during the meeting.
It has been gathered that The Gambian security agents are not aware of the said agreement that the Senegalese officer is claiming to have been reached by the two governments.
Senegalese security agents have been stationed in Foni, Kamfenda, Kanila, and Bwiam. The said Senegalese forces are not part of the ECOMIG troops deployed to Banjul. They are operating in the said localities because of the purported agreement the Barrow government had reached with the Macky government.