The family of an opposition activist of the United Democratic Party has cried foul about the arrest and subsequent detention of Kasim Fadera. Mr. Fadera, a petty trader in Jarra Soma in Lower River Region, was picked up by agents of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) last week.
Family sources said Fadera was escorted to Mansakonko before being secretly moved to the NIA headquarters in Banjul. Fadera has since been detained incommunicado. The breadwinner’s family is yet to know his whereabouts as both the police and the secret agents denied holding him.
The Fadera family could not understand the reasons for the arrest and illegal detention of Kasim. Mr. Fadera is believed to have been targeted for his “open opposition activism.” He had been a victim of several arrest, detention and torture in the past. After the 1996 election, Fadera was seriously mistreated by the defunct July 22 movement boys. “He was beaten, electrocuted and almost got thrown inside a well,” one source confirmed. “Due to his opposition activism, Kasim had his canteen seized by Jarra West chief Yaya Jarjusey.