By Saidou S Baldeh
Three people have been reportedly injured when the youth of Fass Omar Saho Village in the North Bank Region (NBR) allegedly attacked the people of Kerr Mama Village in the Upper Nuimi District on Friday, The Daily News can report.
Abdul Jallow, Absa Njie and Kala Jobe who were injured during the clash are both from Kerr Mama Village. Mr. Jallow our source revealed was currently hospitalised at the Serrekunda General Hospital in Kanifing as doctors were conducting x-ray on his head.
Police in the NBR have arrested some youths of Fass Omar Saho village and they are currently being detained at Barra Police Station as investigations into the matter continue. The three people that sustained injuries during the clash were rushed to Eassau Health Centre for medical attention.
The incident our source noted started when two horse carts belonging to Fass Omar Saho were spotted in the boundary of Kerr Mama Forest illegally cutting down trees for firewood. “The horse carts were then apprehended and escorted to the village by the youths of Kerr Mama who spotted them.”
“The arrested youths of Fass Omar Saho were told by the Village Development Committee (VDC) of Kerr Mama to pay 500 dalasi for each of the horse cart before the carts could be released as it was part of the village rules,” our source said.
It was revealed that during the negotiation for the payment, a huge number of youths from Fass Omar Saho descended on Kerr Mama Village claiming that they got reliable information that there people who were captured by the people of Kerr Mama were being beaten.
“They came with weapons which included cutlasses and machetes. Then immediately a fight ensued in the village and in the process of the fight two women and one man were injured in the village. The gentle man sustained head injury and is currently being hospitalized. The women who sustained leg and hand injury were released after some treatment at Essau hospital.”
Our reporter attempted to get the spokesperson of The Gambia Police Force (GPF), Superintendent, David Kujabi but could not reach him at the time of going to press.
By Saidou S Baldeh