Seargent Baboucarr Njie, a soldier with the Gambia Armed Forces has been charged and arraigned before Magistrate Isatou Janneh-Njie after police discovered that his pistol was fully loaded to capacity with eight live rounds.
Njie was armed with a 9×19mm semi-automatic Beretta M1951 Helwan pistol at the King Fahad Mosque in the capital, Banjul where President Adama Barrow was also attending Friday prayers.
The police are yet to say if the president’s life was at risk.
Njie told the court he was returning the pistol to authorities at the presidential compound, The State House.
President Adama Barrow has ordered that all Gambian soldiers return their weapons to their respective barracks. Those found armed without his authorization will be considered rebels, he warned.
Gambian soldiers were disarmed and demobilized by ECOMIG troops deployed to the country to flush out defeated President Yahya Jammeh, whose refusal to cede power sparked a political standoff.
Police Inspector Abdoulie Bojang said investigations are still ongoing but Magistrate Janneh-Njie has threatened to grant Sgt. Njie bail if investigations are not completed by the next adjourned date, February 24.