Homeland security minister deplores executive directives to the police

Homeland security minister deplores executive directives to the police

Gambia’s Minister for Interior Mai Ahmad Fatty has bemoaned the use of executive directives for the police to carryout unlawful arrests and detentions.

The West African nation is a frantic effort to rebrand itself after going from the champion of human rights to its main violator.

Fatty visited the Gambia Police Force headquarters where he held talks with the Inspector General of Police and service men and women.

Former President Yahya Jammeh was notorious for using executive directives for the police to arbitrarily arrest and detain journalists, political opponents and perceived enemies.

Fatty has pledged his support to the police force, which will also be protecting the president, senior officials and government facilities.

The armed unit of the police, the police intervention unit, has been implicated in human rights violations and notorious for the use of excessive force. They have been named in the killing of 14 students in 2000 and in brutally suppressing opposition protests in April and May last year.

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