Bafuloto village was the scene of crime on Monday, as police officers, who were dispatched to arrest Alhagie Jobe, the proclaimed owner of a Bafuloto disputed land, and has been accused of assault by a villager, got chased out of the village by angry mob, Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Mr. Jobe had reportedly refused police arrest, when the police officers from the Farato police station came for him, sources revealed. The officers were attacked while trying to arrest Jobe, leaving two police cars damaged during the fracas. The windshield of the police car was also damaged. The officers then took their heels and fled the village for fear for their lives.
Bafulot is located in the West Coast region of The Gambia. The Njoben family have been claiming ownership of the disputed land in Bafuloto. The family had accused the new settlers of encroaching into their land, a charge denied by the settlers.
The incident followed a police criminal complaint filed against Alhagie Jobe of the Njoben family by a local resident. A villager has accused Jobe of assaulting him.
Acting on the villager’s complaint, the Farato police deployed its officers to Bafuloto, to arrest Alhagie Jobe. Jobe had reportedly resisted arrest, according to sources.
“The officers got attacked by the people, who were with Alhagie Jobe. They got assaulted, leaving the two police cars damaged. The officers had to run for their lives,” said our source.
The paramilitary was dispatched to Bafuloto to help maintain law and order.
Jobe couldn’t be arrested. Reports have it that some villagers were injured during the clashes.
“The police were advised to leave Alhagie Jobe alone. That the IGP was quoted as saying that he was going to call Jobe to report to the Farato police station so that he could be processed by the officers. I was told that Jobe was going to be granted bail after surrendering to the police,” said our source.
Our source’s claims on IGP Jobe’s purported “remarks” on the assault case of Alhagie Jobe, couldn’t be independently verified.
Jobe later reported to the Farato police station on his own, sources said.
“As we speak, Alhagie Jobe has surrendered himself to the Farato police. He was asked by the IGP to surrender himself. The police couldn’t arrest him. The directive received is that: he should be charged and granted bail,” our source added.
Mr. Jobe was contacted by phone, but his line was off. His line was said to have been switched off, per the answering machine we heard from this end.