Gambia: Imam, village chief detained for negotiating rioters’ release

Gambia: Imam, village chief detained for negotiating rioters’ release

The Imam and Alkalo of Baffuloto village have been detained by the police at the Brusubi Police Station for attempting to secure the release of seven rioters.

The seven were arrested last month for taking part in a protest that has left several police officers injured and properties damaged in Farato, a village outside Brikama.

The riot was sparked by a demolition exercise by Gambian authorities, which has left at least a dozen families homeless.

The area between Bafuloto and Farato has been the subject of a land dispute that was resolved by the high court but residents say they have lived in their homes for more than 15 years, some of which are valued at over a million dalasis [$25,000].

Authorities say the homes were illegally built on lands, which are the center of a dispute between the people of Baffuloto and Farato.

The seven, whose release the Imam and Alkalo were trying to secure were remanded by a magistrate in the administrative city of Brikama in southwestern Gambia.

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