The Fatu Network has received credible reports that Masanneh Jawla, known as Lalo Jawla currently remanded with Gambia’s biggest opposition leader, Ousainou Darboe and his executives, has been rushed to the Edward Francis Small in Banjul late Sunday evening, June 12, 2016. He is said to be seriously ill, but sources could not say exactly what has happened to him or how critical his condition is.
Our sources however confirmed to The Fatu Network he was rushed to the hospital in the emergency ambulance of the Mile II Central Prisons. He spent the night in the hospital with a serious health condition.
Lalo who is originally from Dobo village, also the birthplace of Lawyer Ousainou Darboe in the Central River Region was said to be in good health prior to his arrest on April 16, 2016. Eye witnesses have confirmed to The Fatu Network that he was never even part of the protest when Darboe and Co went out to demand for the state to produce Solo Sandeng dead or alive. He was said to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Gambia’s detention and prison facilities are known for their deplorable condition aptly described often by human rights organizations as potential death traps. A human rights activist, Dr Amadou Janneh who was on death and only released after the intervention by US civil rights activist J C Jackson, once wrote how sometimes inmates are fed with carcass of dead animals and where torture and other forms of inhumane treatments are common.
Disease outbreak and even death are common in the prisons. Few months ago, a senior member of the transport association died under mysterious circumstances while under state custody.
The Fatu Network is closely following the case of Lalo Jawla and we want to make it abundantly clear to Dictator Yahya Jammeh that the life of this man is in his hands. The world firmly holds him responsible for anything that might happen to him.