A Gambian United States deportee says he is a victim of “false police arrest and imprisonment.” Lamin Secka, a onetime resident of Raleigh, North Carolina, said, he was arrested on Saturday, at the shop of one Mamout Ceesay at Coastal road. He said he was asked by Mr. Ceesay to wait for him at his shop, while he (Ceesay) was out to run some errands. Police later found him there and arrested him. He has been accused of violating the country’s curfew regulation, which had restricted non essential food shops from operating at this time.
Mr. Secka was detained for five hours before he was granted police bail. His bond was in the sum of D10,000 dalasis. He has been ordered to report to the Costal Road police on Monday, where his fate would be decided.
If found guilty, Secka, could face a fine of D5,000 dalasi. Failure to pay such a fine, could land him in prison.
“When the officers came to the shop, they asked for Mamout Ceesay. I told them that Mamout was out. They know Mamout. Mamout’s shop is not far from the police station. They asked for the padlocks of the shop, and I told them that I do not have it. I also told them that I was merely asked by Mamout to wait for him at the shop. The officers then decided to arrest me. I was placed in a crowded cell at the Coastal Road police station. Over thirty-five people have been detained there in different cells. The police station was also full of detainees,” Mr. Secka told the Freedom Newspaper.
Secka says he had been unemployed since he was deported from the United States. He felt that there was no justification behind his arrest.