Gambian authorities have arrested a leading opposition figure after he demanded the release of one of his party supporters accused of spreading hateful messages.
Seedy SK Njie, the Press Director of the former ruling APRC party was arrested at his home in Sinchu while heading out for a meeting with his party leader, Fabakary Tombong Jatta.
Njie had earlier protested the arrest of an APRC member, Landing Manneh, who had distributed an audio recording of himself speaking against the country’s Foreign Minister, Ousainou Darboe.
Manneh accused Darboe, the leader of the UDP party of being behind the attack on APRC supporters in Busumbala, a village 40 minutes southwest of the capital, Banjul.
Njie has vowed to keep demanding for the release of any of his party members that are arrested by the police. He was questioned and released by the police at their headquarters in Banjul.
President Adama Barrow has ordered an investigation into the incident that has left at least five people injured and properties damaged that week in his native village of Mankamang Kunda and Busumbala.