Gambia: Minister of Interior Warns Three-years Jotna of Protest without Permit

By Bakary Ceesay

Minister of Interior Yankuba Sonko

Gambia’s Interior Minister, Yankuba Sonko, has warned Operation Three-years Jotna, a pro-democracy group of protesting without police permit on 19 January, 2020.

Operation three-years Jotna, a pro democracy group advocating for President Adama Barrow to honor coalition three-years transition agreement and step down want to hold a mass protest to put pressure on Barrow to leave office after on 19 January where his three-years mandate expires.

But they were denied by permit to hold the protest by the police citing security reasons, however the group were determined to go ahead with the protest with or without police permit. They called on all Gambians to come out in their large numbers to hold Barrow accountable in fulfilling his campaign promises.

This prompted, Minister of Internal security issued  a statement today called on Operation 3 Years Jotna to comply with the decision of the Inspector General of Police.

Sonko said the violation of the police decision by any person(s) “shall be deemed as a flagrant violation of both the constitution and the Public Order Act and a direct affront to not the peace, security and public safety as well as economic well-being of The Gambia and it’s people”.

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