Police were dispatched to Niamina Sambang Mandinka/Fulani village today to provide security for the demarcation of the disputed land in that part of The Gambia, Freedom Newspaper can reveal. There is a land dispute between the Mandinka and Fulani villagers. The demarcation exercise had been postponed, as some section of the villagers wouldn’t let it happen. The police had to tactically withdraw from the village to avoid clashes.
Meanwhile, there is a major setback in the ongoing efforts to reconcile the villagers. Previous land dispute settlement agreement, which was reached, had been set aside, as new tensions mount among villagers.
A potential unrest is likely going to hit that community if the authorities do not deploy police in Niamina Sambang Mandinka/Fulani village. Police should be permanently station in that locality.
Reports have it that some section of the community are allegedly possessing unlicensed guns. Authorities should act now to prevent crisis before it is too late.
The two ethnic communities have been living in peace and harmony over the years. They intermarry. The bad blood between the two communities started during Barrow’s rule.