April 14, 2017, marks the first anniversary since the arrest and subsequent death in state custody of the late Ebrima Solo Sandeng, former UDP Youth Mobiliser, who together with his party members organized a protest march, demanding for Electoral Reforms during the former regime of ex-president Yahya Jammeh.
The party leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP), who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, joined hundreds of political activists, party supporters and family of the late Ebrima Solo Sandeng in a peaceful march past at the Westfield ground, to honor and remember this great national hero (Solo Sandeng).
The late Sandeng, former UDP Youth Mobiliser, together with many other UDP members including the newly elected National Assembly Member for Serrekunda East Constituency Hon. Fatoumata Jawara, Nogoi Njie, and many others were arrested on April 14, 2016 at Westfield, for organizing a protest march demanding Electoral Reforms in The Gambia, without obtaining permission.
Solo and his party members were arrested, detained and seriously tortured at the country’s then National Intelligence Agency (NIA), now renamed State Intelligence Services (SIS). The late Solo Sandeng could not survive the beatings inflicted on him and he eventually died in State custody.