Saturday, December 3

GAMBIA: SAMBANG VILLAGER, WHO WAS ASSAULTED DURING A BLOODY LAND DISPUTE VIOLENCE DIES

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An eighty-year-old Niamina Sambang Mandinka-kunda man, who allegedly suffered a grievous bodily harm amid a land dispute between the Fullani and Mandinka community, has died, Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Mr. Kebba Barrow died on Saturday. The late Barrow was among the villagers, who were charged by the police for destruction to property, and threatening violence. Houses were set ablaze during the land dispute. Household items and other valuables were destroyed beyond recognition during the blaze.

It would be recalled that the late Kebba Barrow was armed with a local hunting gun when a land dispute violence erupted between the Fullani and Mandinka communities in Niamina Sambang. He was in his shop when an altercation ensued between him and the Fullani villagers. He was injured during the incident.

The police spokesman Superintendent Lamin Njie was contacted for comment on Tuesday, but he has asked to be given time so that he could get in touch with the police in the Central River Region. Njie hasn’t gotten back to us at the time of going to press.

Barrow’s attackers were never charged by the police, the family claimed. They have been demanding for justice in the case of the late Kebba Barrow.

A resident of the Fullani community said the old man was subdued by the fullani youths in a bid to prevent him from discharging his firearm. An altercation later emerged which led to confrontation.

The detainees were first processed at the Jarreng police and later moved to the Bansang police station.

The body of the late Kebba Barrow has been taken to his native village of Badibou Gunjur for burial.

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