By Ousman A. Marong
The newly appointed acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Alhagi Mamoud Jobe has assured Gambians of the police administration's resolve to deal with any threat to the peace and security of the country under his watch.
According to him, the police service will remain professional and abide by its constitutional mandate of maintaining peace in the build up to combat crime rates in the country.
Acting IGP Jobe made these remarks at a maiden press conference held at the police headquarters in Banjul since his appointment on June 25, 2018.
The idea of the press conference, he said was for him to pick up from where his predecessors left and to open his doors for the media and for public interest.
The Gambia is a peaceful and secured country and shall remain so, he stated, adding that Gambians should feel free to go about their normal duties as the police will deal with any threats to the peace and security of the country.
Asked about the whereabouts of the 5 arrested officers of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) who have been detained beyond 72 hours without being taken to court contrary to the laws of The Gambia, IGP Jobe said those officers were suspended and the investigation is ongoing. He assured that the officers will soon appear before a court of law.
Our reporter Ousman A. Marong asked whether the police are obliged attend to peaceful demonstrations with live ammunitions, and under which circumstances should they open fire should in case things got out of hand?
The IGP responded: "Yes Section 20 of the Gambia Police Act gave powers to the police to attend to riots with Ak47 riffles each loaded with 7 live rounds, but the first step that the police should use should be to use the batons to disperse the public, if that fails, they should open tear gass but using live rounds to open fire should be the last option always.”