Police Chief Couldn’t Provide Reasons for the Move
By Yaya Dampha
At least 127 police officers have had their services terminated with immediate effect, Kibaaro News has confirmed.
The order to terminate the services of the police officers deployed at the Tourism Development Area (TDA) came from the Gambia’s despotic President Yahya Jammeh. The dismissals were effective on Friday January 10, 2014, our impeccable sources reported with certainty.
The dismissed officers include TDA Police Commander Turo Jawneh and Mustapha Kujabi, the Disciplinary Officer.
Our sources said the order to dismiss the said officers was executed by the Inspector General of Police Yankuba Sonko who fell short of advancing reasons for the swift move. The police chief was quoted as saying that he did not understand the rationale behind the dismissal ordered by President Yahya Jammeh.
Kibbaro News has managed to speak to one of the dismissed officers who confirmed what he called “premature termination of our services.” The news of the termination struck the officers like a thunderbolt, for they were not given any prior warning or clue. “We were informed that our services were terminated and that we submit our national identity cards and passports to the IGP for onward delivery to the Office of the President.”
The officer described their situation as unfortunate saying all the dismissed officers are living in perpetual fear. “Our fate is in suspense because we don’t know what will happen to us. I cannot remember the offence we might have committed that warrants such an irrational decision,” said a dismissed police officer who begged for anonymity. “We now put our faith in the hands of Allah.”