Personnel of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) that were deployed at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court during the trial of Gambian rapper Killa Ace and 36 others on Tuesday arrested a man with a cutlass as he entered the court complex.
At the time of gathering this report, it’s not clear why the man entered the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court with a cutlass or the reason of him going armed in public. However, in Gambian law, it is prohibited to go armed in public.
The said cutlass was wrapped in a plastic bag. The accused was later handcuffed by the PIU officers and escorted to a waiting police van, which was stationed around the Kanifing Municipal Councils’ (KMC) main gate before taken to an unknown location. Blood was seen coming out of his mouth, but it was not clear to The Point the reason of the oozing. However, onlookers believed he was beaten by the PIU officers.
In a separate development but a related issue, our reporter has been reliably informed that seven suspects who were part of the 37 accused persons, but escaped during the first court appearance, were later rearrested by security personnel.
A source who spoke to our reporter on the condition of anonymity added that the seven accused persons have been charged with unlawfully escaping from custody and will be appearing before a court probably next week.
Author: Momodou Jawo