Check point policing to resume in Gambia

By Kebba Jeffang

Landing Kinteh
Landing Kinteh

The Gambian police on Wednesday announced that it will reinstall check points across the country amid crime escalation in the country.

The office of the Inspector General of Police says check points will be reinstalled to tackle criminals.

“Following the recent string of violent crimes which include the armed robbery at the Jah Oil Fuel Station in Brikama New Town, the Office of the Inspector General of Police wishes to make it clear that such acts of lawlessness will not be condoned and it has resolved to use all its legal powers to ensure strict compliance of the law,” contained in a statement.

It added: “Henceforth all check points will be mounted and 24 hour patrols will be conducted across the length and breadth of the country. The Gambia Police Force will use all resources at its disposal to hunt down criminals wherever they may be and bring them to book.”

The IGP has called for  cooperation from members of the public in providing timely information that would help in their drive.

“Policing is a collective responsibility and all are urged to join the fight to rid The Gambia of criminals and hoodlums,” it stated.

The Gambia used to have check points across the country until the coming of Barrow’s administration when human rights advocates called on the government to dismantle them.

The right defenders claimed that check points affect freedom of movement of people as well as encouraging corruption.

However, less than a year after dismantling the check points, the country has recorded an unprecedented rise of criminal activities including armed robbery, killing and increasing theft both in the urban and rural areas.

Many Gambians took to social media to express dissatisfaction towards the manner of weak policing of people and businesses.

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