Gambia immigration arrests 37 people including women and children as they prepare to brave sea to Spain

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The Gambia Immigration Department on Friday confirmed the arrest of 37 people including women and children after busting their plan to travel to Spain on a boat.

GID spokesman Mamanding S Dibba said: “On Wednesday the 9th of June 2021, the GID received intelligence from our counterparts that a migrant group consisting of various nationalities are planning to embark on a perilous journey using the high seas to the Canary Islands in Spain.

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“Our officers in collaboration with our sister forces, the SIS and the Gambian navy were able to work on this information leading to the arrest of nine people in Tanji and another 28 people in Gunjur, totaling to a sum of 37 people.

“Among them were three women, all of which were Sierra Leoneans and six minors, all of whom were Gambians.”

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