A judge in the Gambia’s capital, Banjul has released on bail a military officer charged by authorities for carrying a loaded pistol into a mosque where President Adama Barrow was attending Friday prayers.
Sgt. Babucarr Njie was granted bail at D75,000 ($1875.00) by Magistrate Isatou Janneh-Njie who ordered that the military officer is bailed by two Gambian sureties.
Njie’s travel documents have been confiscated by the authorities to prevent him from running out of jurisdiction.
Gambia’s military was disarmed and demobilized by West African troops who are overseeing security and protecting Mr. Barrow.
Barrow had ordered all armed soldiers to surrender their weapons and those that failed to do so “will be considered rebels and treated as such.”
Njie was arrested by West African troops and handed over to the police, who charged him with illegal possession of a firearm after investigators discovered that his pistol was fulled loaded with eight live rounds.