By Mafugi Ceesay
Police spokesperson Superintendent Lamin Njie has confirmed to The Standard that “a good number” of the 17 prisoners who escaped from the Jeshwang Prison on new year’s day have been re-arrested.
He said the arrests were made “in bits and pieces” but could not confirm the number of those still at large.
The deputy spokesperson at the State Central Prison in Banjul, Luke Jatta, said he was not officially informed of the new development.
Earlier on, Mr Jatta had told this newspaper that his department informed the police that a manhunt was ordered to track down the escapees.
On whether they suspect any foul play by rogue elements in aiding the prisoners escape, Jatta said he could not say but that investigations are being carried out to get to the bottom of the matter.
Mile 2 escapee rearrested
Jatta confirmed to this medium that one Muhammed Hydara who escaped from the state central prison on November 7th, 2017, has been captured.
Hydara was serving a jail term for burglary at The Gambia College and escaped by cutting the window with a hacksaw.
Jatta also informed that they are still hunting for the escaped remanded prisoner Buba Drammeh who was standing trial for the killing of one Buba Jammeh during the Berending-Gunjur land skirmish.
Drammeh who was arraigned in October had denied the charge and was remanded at Mile 2 pending the outcome of the trial.