Police Call for Support to Deportees


By NenehGalleh Barry
Superintendant Foday Fofana of Sere kunda Police has called on members of the public to give support to Gambians deported from America and Europe.
The police officer commanding Serekunda also called on people to be vigilant of the deportees. “We should be vigilant and not only to be vigilant but we need to provide them moral support especially at family level so that it will enable them to reintegrate back into the society in a more productive manner.”
Fofana was speaking following an attempted robbery that happened at EJ Foreign Exchange Bureau in Kololi around 1500 hours on Wednesday involving a Gambian recently deported from America. He hailed the role played by the community in Kololi who apprehended the suspect and took him to the station.
Fofana said: “during interrogations the suspect named Gibril Jallow disclosed that whiles in the US, he was involved in criminal activities and that when he was just 17 years old he was convicted of assault and domestic violence. Again in 2012, he was also convicted and sentenced to two years of crimes related to drug and armed offences.”
The accused person also told the police that since his deportation in March 2017 into Gambia, life had been unbearable and the only option he has is to be involved in criminal activities. He also revealed that this has nothing to do with attitude or the circumstances that he found himself because he was doing the same thing in the US to have money. Gibril Jallow, a 31-year-old Gambian deported from the US last year, has been arrested for allegedly attempting to rob EJ Foreign Exchange Bureau in Kololi. According to Fofana, the suspect Gibril Jallow is a native of Sibanor and currently helping the police in their investigations along with one Alasana Jallow alias Mike after going to the forex bureau as normal customers pretending to change D300 into Euros.
“But when the agent, Tida Darboe, told them she did not change dalasi into euro, one of the suspects (Gibril Jallow) entered inside the cage and then took out a knife and threatened the agent to hand over the Euros to him otherwise consequences would follow,” Fofana narrated. He said the second suspect who is at large too took out a knife. “That is the time Tida started screaming and the neighbors around came and shielded the door. But the suspects threatened to stab them, and during the struggle, the other suspect (Alasan Jallow) managed to escape.”
“But they were able to get hold of Gibril Jallow, disarmed him and handed him over to the police,” Fofana explained. He said there was a vigorous search for the escaped suspect and that investigations were in progress.


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