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Police Urged to Investigate the Death of Kolibantang Imam

The Gambia Police Force, GPF must ensure an independent, prompt and transparent investigation into the mysterious death of the late Imam of Kolibantang Imam Foday York. This is contained in a press releases authored by a local NGO, Bekanyta signed by Nfamara Jawneh Executive Director at Basse, 10 March 2021.
”We call on the Gambia government to ensure that the report of such investigations be made public and shared with family of the late Imam” the release demands.
According to numerous family sources, the deceased was arrested and detained at Bansang Police Station for not wearing facemask while on a public transportation from Kanifing heading to Wuli. He was released on bail by his wife on the same day which was 20th October, 2020 and asked to report to the station on the 26th October 2020; which falls on a Monday.
He reported to the station on that particular Monday where he was reported to have collapsed and taken to the Bansang Hospital. Upon reaching the hospital, sources said, he was announced dead.
These reports were disclosed by the police and concerned hospital authorities. The release narrates that the entire family remains upset to the reports given by the police at Bansang which they believed was a fallacy and cannot be relied upon.
“My brother had no health complications prior to his arrest,” says Karamo York of Kolibantang.
“These statements were corroborated by his widow Mrs. Wawa Darboe, during a meeting with our investigators” the release states.
According widow, when she called her late husband’s mobile phone it was received by one police officer who she said spoke to her rudely.
The IGI is hereby urged to further respond to the letter addressed to his office by the family of the late Imam, dated 21st January 2021, concludes the press release

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