President Adama Barrow has not only accepted the report of the Faraba Banta independent inquiry but his government has also accepted to act on the recommendations of Emmanuel Joof led Commission. The Gambia government has accepted the causes of causes death, injuries and destruction of properties at Faraba Banta in Kombo East on 18th of June 2018.
The government wants appropriate criminal prosecutions to be continued against ASP Musa Fatty, PC Musa Badjie, PC Nuha Colley, and 1st Class Momodou Z. Jallow, and Spt. Babucarr Cham for causing the deaths of Bakary Kujabi, Ismaila Bah and Amadou Jawo who all of died of gunshot wounds.
“As established by the Coroner; that criminal prosecutions be initiated against all the perpetrators identified in the report for the willful destruction of properties and other related crimes in Faraba Banta; The Gambia Police Force has been directed to conduct criminal investigations into the killings, injuries, and destruction of properties for the purpose of prosecuting the alleged perpetrators of the crimes within the shortest possible time,” the report stated.
The Barrow government also accepts compensation to be paid by the state to the families of those who died, and those who sustained serious injuries; those who lost their properties as a result of the vandalism and arson. A Faraba Banta compensation committee comprising the permanent secretaries of the ministries of Interior, Local Government and the Environment has been established under the joint chairmanship of the solicitor general and the permanent secretary of the ministries of justice and finance, respectively to handle all compensation claims as recommended by the commission.
The government also accepts removal of Faraba alkalo Nuha Kujabi and dissolution of the Faraba Village Development Committee.
Executive Director of the National Environmental Agency Momodou Suwareh and Director of Geology Abdoulie M. Cham havr been suspended for six months without salary.
Julakay Marena whose sand mining led to the fatal incident will not have his license renewed.