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32 Suspected Murder Cases and 23 Arm Robberies under a Year As Minister admits Gambia has no forensic lab

By Almamo Kamaso
In one year the Gambia police force have registered 32 suspected murder cases and another 23 arm robbery cases, the Interior Minister told law makers in the oral questions and answers session Wednesday. The minister was responding to questions 80 and 81 of June 2021, asked by honorable member for Serekunda West Hon Madi M.K.Ceesay .
Throwing light on the murders and arm robberies cases as per the question, in which the minister is asked to give an comprehensive records on all the murder cases from June 2020 to end of May 2021, Minister Sonko said in total thirty-two (32)suspected murder cases were reported, with additional 23 arm robberies.
The Members were further informed that seventeen of the suspects are in courts; whiles fifteen are still under investigations.
When the minister was further asked as to what his ministry is doing to curb such serious crimes. Sonko said the Gambian people themselves have to cooperate with the police to curb such heinous crimes against humanity. “In many cases most of this murder cases are committed in our homes by people who are considered not mental sound”.
He urged members of the community to be willing to support the police when it comes to the execution of their duties. Sonko gave an example where the police went to arrest an attempted murderer, but would be victim who happen to be his own mother refuses that her son be arrested; “I had to put my feet down to get the man arrested and taken to the hospital” Minister Sonko
On the arm robbery cases, Sonko told members that, under a year (June 2020 to May 31st 2021) there were twenty-three (23) cases reported to his ministry. However he said there were recoveries of: one Mercedes benz, two hundred and fifty- eight thousand dalasi (D258, 000), three hundred thousand CFA (300,000 cfa), seventy pounds (70), four hundred and eighty Canadian Dollar (480), Five hundred US Dollar, two hundred and fifty Euros (250) with several cell phones.
Sonko clarify that only two percent of the cases are committed by professional criminals, whiles the rest are committed by what he describes as street corner criminals.

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