The Inspector General of police Abdoulie Sanyang was over the weekend reportedly pressured to release dead bodies of accident victims to bereaved families, amid Sanyang’s insistence for a postpartum to be conducted on the bodies, before they could be released, a reliable security source has intimated. Sources said Sanyang had over the weekend received phone calls from Demba Sabally, a former official of the opposition GDC party, now an NPP surrogate, President Barrow and the Interior Minister Yankuba Sonko, who asked him to release the four dead bodies. This followed the IGP’s refusal to release the dead bodies, insisting that a postmortem must be conducted to ascertain the cause of death.
Bereaved families had to seek the intervention of Demba Sabally, who reportedly phoned President Barrow to complain about the IG’s refusal to release the dead bodies to the bereaved families. The bereaved families said they weren’t interested in having postmortem to be conducted on their death loved ones. They wanted the bodies to be handed to them, so that they could perform decent burial for their departed loved ones.
It would be recalled that the tragic incident happened on Friday, while the Niamina West MP Birom Sowe was traveling with four others to his native village Sowe Kunda to attend an Islamic recitation (Gammo), when their vehicle had an accident near Jarra Soma. The driver and three other passengers died. The MP narrowly escaped death. He sustained injuries during the incident.