Neneh Freda Gomez and two others have been charged with criminal trespass and malicious damage to property, Superintendent Lamin Njie told Freedom Newspaper on Monday. The charges filed against the trios followed Ms. Gomez’s live videos on Facebook, accusing the police of denying two of her “staff members” access to the Bijilo property. That property was previously occupied by the anticrime police. The police vacated the property, following a court ruling that was delivered against the defendants—The Gambian state. The state has since filed an appeal, contesting the court ruling.
Neneh Freda Gomez has been going live on Facebook since that court ruling. She has accused the police of denying her “workers” to resume construction work on site. She claimed that the property in question, used to house a hospital, that was seized by the former exiled Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh. A lawsuit was filed against the state after the fall of Jammeh. The court has ruled in favor of the plaintiff, she said.
When contacted for comment on the arrest of Neneh Freda Gomez and co, the police spokesman Lamin Njie confirmed the story.
“We can confirm the arrest of Neneh Freda Gomez and two others for trespassing into a property under litigation at the High court. They have been charged with criminal trespass and malicious damage to property contrary to laws of The Gambia,” said spokesman Njie.
“They are currently granted bail while appropriate actions follow,” the police spokesman added.
Meanwhile, the “Dafadoy” pressure group movement has been reactivated, according to one of its members rapper Ali Cham, who took on Facebook on late Monday evening to condemn the arrest of Neneh Freda Gomez and others. He said one of his boys was among those arrested.