The public relations officer of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency of The Gambia (DLEAG) Ousman Saidybah has confirmed to the Daily Observer that more than 10 youths from Bakau have been arrested by the narcotic officers and are currently detained in various police stations within the Greater Banjul area.
He said the incident happened on Wednesday 26th April 2017, when his officers were on their normal patrol in Bakau Farokono, Mamakoto and Newtown, which he said believed to be a ‘No Go Area’ for drug squad officers and they came across some youths. “We conducted a search on them and they were found in possession of suspected cannabis. After the arrest, the officers wanted to go with them to the nearest police station. But to our surprise, the community of the area with boys coming out with sticks and stones and resisted the officers for taking them away, which led to a confrontation,” he added.
PRO Saidybah added, that during the confrontation, some of the officers sustained some bruises on their hands and faces, as a result they had to call for back up from the PIU personnel to help them. “We have to understand that democracy does not mean you have
to engage in illegal activities. I want to put it to them and Gambian youths as well that we will continue to go there and any other places to do our job according to the law,“ he stated.