Police said on Tuesday evening countries who are not providing security to Gambian diplomatic missions around the world may not continue to enjoy security benefits in The Gambia in their diplomatic missions in the country.

“Also, based on the principle of reciprocal relations governing diplomatic institutions, countries that do not provide security to Gambian diplomatic missions may not continue to enjoy security benefits from the state guards,” police said.

It came as police set the record straight regarding the withdrawal of their officers from the homes of the nation’s former vice presidents and other important citizens.

According to police, the decision was not a sudden withdrawal as a formal notice was sent to all affected personalities “about three weeks ago”.

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The affected categories of personalities include former Vice Presidents, all Government Advisers as well as Magistrates.