The defeated independent candidate in Brikama has been arrested by the police for assaulting a supporter of his winning opponent.
Momodou Jarju hit Jammai Manjang with a stick seriously injuring her. Manjang was celebrating the victory of Alhagie Darboe in Brikama North when the incident happened.
Supporters of Darboe allegedly took their celebration to the gate of Jarju’s home, started provocating him and using profanity, prompting the defeated Jarju to swiftly react.
“As the group arrived around the compound of Mr. Momodou Jarju chanting, drumming, singing and dancing, it was alleged that some UDP supporters uttered abusive and provocative languages towards Mr. BU Jarju who was busy addressing his sympathizers to remain calm and accept his defeat in good faith,” the police statement said.
Manjang was taken to the hospital in Brikama and later discharged. Jarju has been released on bail by authorities and would be facing assault charges.
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