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The Gambia Senior Government Official in Senegal for border talk

Senior government officials are currently in Dakar, Senegal to meet the Senegalese authorities for border crisis talks, a government source has confirmed to The Point.

The delegation includes Dr. Mamadou Tangara, Foreign Affairs minister, Mohamed D.S. Jallow, the secretary general and the head of the Civil Service, Bai Lamin Jobe, minister of Works, Lamin Jobe Minister of Trade and Yankuba Sonko, minister of Interior.

It could be recalled that recently a Gambia Transport Service Corporation (GTSC) bus was refused entry from Senegal at the Karang border. Also, few weeks earlier, another Gambian bus was attacked leading to injuries of some passengers who had to return to Gambian territory.

Meanwhile, The Gambia Transport Union (GTU) at a press conference last week threatened to impose a ban on all Senegalese commercial vehicles in retaliation for the twin incidents.

The president of the GTU was quoted as saying “Effective 19 February no Senegalese commercial vehicle will be allowed to enter The Gambia. And we do not care whether the vehicle is on transit or not. All we are doing is to also protect our interest as a country. So the transport union in partnership with the drivers and vehicle owners starting from Wednesday 19 February 2020 will put stop to all Senegalese commercial vehicles entering the Gambia.”

However, before any action, the government asked them to halt implementing their decision as they were sending a delegation to Senegal for the border crisis talk.


Gunjur-Berending scuffle, murder suspect arrested

Police have arrested Buba Drammeh who is accused of killing Buba Jammeh, a former staff of Brikama Area Council (BAC) during a communal land dispute between the people of Gunjur and Berending in March 2019.

Police spokesperson, ASP Lamin Njie, confirmed the development on the police Facebook page. ASP Njie says the suspect is currently under custody helping investigators on their investigation.

The suspect, he went on, was arrested by personnel of the Anti-Crime Unit of The Gambia Police Force.

‘Buba Drammeh is arrested in connection with the Gunjur-Berending shooting incident which led to the death of Mr. Jammeh.’

The office of the IGP, he added, wishes to commend efforts of members of the public for providing vital information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

“The public will be duly informed about the outcome of investigations and individuals with relevant information about the incident are encouraged to come forward to assist with investigations.”


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