ECOMIG is not ruling out foul play in the King Fahad gun possession case after investigators found that the armed soldier was a security agent of former President Yahya Jammeh.
Major Salifu Ngom, the spokesperson of the ECOMIG force confirmed that they have made the arrest but added that the soldier, Seargent Baboucarr Njie has been handed to the police for further investigation.
Major Ngom did not say if there was a direct attempt to President Adama Barrow’s life and declined to give further details.
A police source from Major Crime Unit in Banjul who does not want to be named said the soldier is being investigated and that there will be prosecution if the political class did not intervene.
Seargent Njie was armed with 9mm automatic pistol, according to the police.
The incident took place at Banjul’s main King Fahd mosque where the Gambian leader had joined Muslim worshippers for congregational prayers on Friday afternoon.
President Barrow has asked all Gambian soldiers to put down their guns and the police said Seargent Njie “had no reason to be going around with his”.
The Barrow administration has been emphasizing reconciliation since winning elections on December 1 and it is less likely that there will be prosecution.
The security of the Gambian president is currently under the protection of the ECOMIG soldiers and all Gambian army officials have been removed from The State House.