By Bakary Ceesay
The ECOWAS Mission in the Gambia (ECOMIG) has monitored the reports and several concerns raised in respect of the alleged shooting of a driver (Ismaila Tamba) by a Gambia Armed Forces soldier at a checkpoint in Kanilai Village last Sunday.
Kanilai, is a home village of former President Yahya Jammeh, who is now lived in exiled in Equatorial Guinea One commercial driver was reportedly shot at a military checkpoint in Kanilai village in The West Coast Region of The Gambia on Sunday for allegedly refused to stop his vehicle for inspection.
The driver, Ismaila Tamba, was said to have sustained gunshot wounds and was taken to Bwiam Hospital before transferred to the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul.
Colonel Abubakar A. Bello, Acting Force Commander said the isolated incident is unfortunate and regrettable especially coming in the course of an otherwise genuine duty call at the said check point by the GAF soldier. ECOMIG sympathizes with the victim and wishes him a speedy recovery.
He added that: “The ECOWAS Mission urge the general public to remain calm and exercise maximum restraint while GAF conducts its thorough investigative process in order to come out with positive measures to avert a re-occurrence of this isolated incident”
He explained that as part of the ECOMIG Mandate, the Mission further assures the populace that ECOMIG will continue to work in harmony with Gambia Armed Forces, the Police and other security agencies to ensure peace and stability for Gambians to go about their normal duties without any fear and concerns about their safety.
“Once again, the ECOWAS Mission wishes the best of recovery to Ismaila Tamba and assures the public of their security and safety as it works in consonance with GAF and other stakeholders to ensure peace and stability in the country,” Colonel Bello assured.