Protesters Stole D75,000, Valuable Items

By Abdoulie John 

The ‘protesters’ who on Wednesday stormed Bakoteh Police Station went away with D75,000, 4 court exhibits (mobile phones), and other valuable items, this medium can authoritatively report.

“These people are not protesters, they are criminals,” a top security officer familiar with the incident told this reporter under conditions of anonymity. In wake of the demise of mobile phone repair service provider, Ousman Darboe, protests erupted in various parts of the Gambia’s biggest conurbation, paralysing the entire business activity in downtown Serrekunda. Some elements took advantage of the chaotic situation, robbing people and destroying properties before launching a surprise attack on Bakoteh Police Station.

“In fact, the real protesters came twice at the station, but our Station Officer managed to talk them. They left without causing any problem,” our source added. However, the third group that came in the evening was believed to have a different motive. “They started stoning the Police Station, breaking all the windows out. When they got inside, they went ahead to destroy the TV and the receiver,” our source said.

Pushing ahead with their plan, our source went on, the ‘protesters’ broke the police cells to let go two people detained for criminal infractions. “They subsequently entered into the office of the Assistant Station Officer to lay hand on important files tied to ongoing investigation, before setting them on fire,” the top security officer disclosed. “They used the same tactics to get into the store, and the office of the Station Officer where they were able to steal cash amounting to D75,000 and 4 mobile phones that were supposed to be used as exhibits in court.”

In light of this incident, many observers are calling on Gambian authorities to equip all police stations with durable tactical gears and anti-riot equipment including tear gas grenades…


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