By Lamin Cham
The Minister for the Interior, Yankuba Sonko, has confirmed that the three Gambians arrested by Senegalese Ecomig forces in Foni in the wake of the January 24 fighting with separatist MFDC rebels are alive and have been released.
The trio was reported to have been taken away to Dakar by the soldiers since their arrest on Monday.
According to Minister Sonko, the trio, Alkalo Modou Mbye Bojang of Karorr village, Fabakary Bojang also from Karorr and police CID officer Abdou Jammeh have all been returned to The Gambia and are being kept at a safe place undergoing medical check-ups before being reunited with their families.
“They all look sound and healthy from outside but I gave instructions for them to be medically checked too,” Sonko said.
He disclosed that the case of the third man Fabakary Bojang was not very well known but he too was arrested in the wake of the same incident.
The fate of the arrested alkalo and the CID officer was the subject of concern among Gambians who expressed outrage about their arrests.
The local National Assembly Member, Musa Amul Nyassi, also confirmed the return of the three men.
“They are all back. In fact, we are delighted that a third one whose case was not very well known was released too,” Nyassi told The Standard last night.
On Wednesday, The Standard broke the news about the detention of the men in Dakar, Senegal.