By Lamin Sanyang
The Criminal case involving 24 APRC supporters who attacked the coalition convoy at Kafenda was struck out based on humanitarian grounds at Brikama Magistrates Court. . The APRC supporters were accused of using abusive words against one Lulu Sanyang and some others when they were going back to their respective destinations from the Independence Celebrations and the inauguration of President, Adama Barrow.
When the case was called, Inspectors S. Sanyang and Gibba along with Sergeant Jaiteh announced their appearance for the Inspector General of Police while Ibrahim Jallow represented all the accused persons. The criminal proceeding was well attended by APRC party supporters as well as relatives and sympathizers of the accused persons. The accused persons are Banna Kujabi, Sunkau Bojang, Aminata Bojang, Amie Saidy, Hawa Manga, Sohna Bojang, Hawa Badjie, Mai Dampha, Yamundow Manga, Nyara Yanga, Rabiatu Bojang, Mai Daffeh, Mai Gibba, Sunkau Wodeh, Wudeh Bojang, Fatoumatta Sidibeh, Sarjor Daffeh, Lamin Manga, Lala Saidy, Sireh Jatta, Sainey Camara, Mai Manneh Sulayman Manga, Madiba Manga and Sira Bojang.
The 24 supporters of Gambia’s former governing Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) party who were accused of using abusive or vulgar words against Lulu Sanyang and some others with intent to provoke a breach of peace on February 19 at Kanfenda checkpoint in Foni Kansala District have been acquitted by Magistrate Cham at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court following prosecution’s application for the matter to be withdrawn from court.
Inspector S Sanyang said in court on Wednesday that he was applying under Section 68 of the Criminal Procedure Code for the case to be withdrawn before the court base on humanitarian grounds.
Magistrate Cham granted prosecutor Sanyang’s application and acquitted all the accused persons. He also advised the accused persons to maintain the peace, saying, “‘we are all related and peace is always number one.”