IGP Kinteh Resigns

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    By: NenehGalleh Barry
    Landing Kinteh, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has resigned from his post following Monday deadly shootings in Faraba Village, Daily News confirmed yesterday.
    Confirming his resignation to this paper yesterday during a telephone conversation, Mr. Kinteh revealed that he has tendered his resignation letter to President Adama Barrow who has since accepted the move. When asked about the reason behind his resignation, the former IGP said as the commander of the police, the right thing for him to do after the Faraba incident is to resign. He disclosed that he felt upset over the killings in Faraba which was not a good step for the security personnel.
    The deputy IGP is said to have stepped in to oversee the office following Kinteh’s resignation until his replacement is named. Meanwhile, the former IGP’s decision to quit his post followed Monday’s shooting of villagers from Faraba who were protesting against a sand mining company and the shootings led to the killings of three protesters leaving many others injured. Barely days after the killings, had Kinteh’s office released a statement denying giving orders for the officers to shoot the villagers.
    Five police officers including two superintendents have since been arrested in connection with the killings. Meanwhile, IGP Kinteh was the first Police chief appointed in the new administration of President Adama Barrow succeeding former IGP Yankuba Sonko who was appointed under ex-president Yahya Jammeh.
    Prior to his appointment, Kinteh served with the African Union and United Nations hybrid peacekeeping mission in the restive Sudanese region of Darfur.
    He reportedly left his lucrative UN contract and return to The Gambia with the intention of professionalizing and improving the image of the country’s police. A master’s degree holder in law from Dan Fodio University in Nigeria, Kinteh served as police prosecutor for several years.

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