The Police spokesperson ASP Lamin Njie has said that the decision to drop charges against Madi Jobarteh has been facilitated by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), civil society groups and a good number of concerned individuals. They interceded in his favour in order to deescalate a situation that attracted international attention.
ASP Lamin Njie confirmed to this medium that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Alhagi Mamour Jobe made the announcement on Friday morning at a meeting held at NHRC headquarter in Kololi, dropping all charges leveled against the activist. Njie also added that Gambia’s Police Chief made it clear that no action will be taken against Jobarteh
Last month, Madi Jobarteh spearheaded a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest in front of the American Embassy during which he took a swipe at the country’s authorities, suggesting that Black Lives are also threatened in the tiny West African nation. The said speech provoked the ire of Gambian authorities, prompting his arrest and subsequent release by the Police.
According to the Police spokesman, it is in respect of the mediation efforts that the Police ended up taking the decision to drop the broadcasting and false information charges pressed against Madi Jobarteh.
Written by Abdoulie John
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