Every now and then, we have heard or see a crime that will eclipse all the previously seen crimes. The recent reported robbery cases in North Bank Region are outrageous attacks on the security of the nation. These gangs of criminals did not only rob, but also had the guts to burn peoples’ valuable properties. This act is unacceptable and has to be nipped in the bud sooner rather than later before it lands us in a sorry plight.
The issue of national security is one thing no government should take lightly because it undoubtedly has the ability to retard development and/or bring any government to its knees. The issue of robbery, among the long list of other criminal acts that continuously gains momentum, should be a prime concern of the government.
Those people found wanting should face the full force of the law; but unfortunately, they always find a way to sneak out without being apprehended.
In a bid to curb the issue of robberies, it will be ideal for the security forces – Senegal and the Gambia – should join hands to fight it. It is mostly said that these armed robbers sneak into Senegal after they have committed such heinous crimes. If therefore the two countries’ security forces work hand in hand, it will make it difficult for such perpetrators to escape forever.
Without the interference of the Senegalese forces – considering the state of our security forces – it will be so hard to put a stop to such crimes. This is urgent as it is becoming very scary to even think of venturing into business due to lack of confidence in the security of the country. Notwithstanding, the government of the day has a great role to play in ensuring that the people of the Gambia and their properties are protected wholly.