The Gambia Police Force finally has a new Inspector General bringing an end to months of speculations about the firing of IGP, Yankuba Sonko. Landing Kinteh, his new replacement takes office effective today, June 22.
IGP Kinteh graduated with a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Usman Dan Fodio in Nigeria. He bagged a Masters degree in Law ( LLM in Human Rights and Criminal Law from University of Essex in UK). He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of The Gambia. He was on International Appointment with the United Nations in Darfur for almost Four Years. Kinteh served as Commissioner of Prosecutions and Legal Affairs for almost a decade before joining the Ministry of Justice on Secondment as Director of National Anti Trafficking In Person (NAATIP).
Meanwhile, the deputy inspector general, Ousman Sowe has been demoted to the rank of commissioner and replaced by commissioner Mamud Jobe. Prior to his appointment, Jobe served as commissioner of the Police Training School where he served for decades. He is said to be the most senior commissioner at the Gambia Police Force.
Earlier this morning, the outgoing IGP, thanked the entire police force saying “I thank you all, from the last recruit to the most senior officer” Sonko said at the police headquarters conference room this morning. “Be loyal to the Government of the day and always remember that as service men you should always be neutral for you are not politicians” he added.
Sonko is expected to be deployed to Foreign Service soon.