Gambia: Concerns over safety rise after man found dead at dump yard

Gambia: Concerns over safety rise after man found dead at dump yard

Public safety in The Gambia has been thrown into question this week after a man, thought to have been murdered, was found dumped near a dump yard.

The unidentified man was spotted by a truck driver who went to dump trash at the Kotu Aqua Pond, off of a major highway linking mainland Gambia to the island capital, Banjul.

Authorities are trying to identify the family of the man, suspected to be in his early thirties. His remains have been taken to the main mortuary in Banjul.

A postmortem may be carried out to determine the cause of death as part of the investigations, the police said. Police Spokesperson David Kujabi said citizens are safe and that safety concerns are misunderstood.

Police have arrested two men over the last three months for the murder of a Senegalese-Ivorian girl and a saloon worker in the Kombo St. Mary’s area. They have been charged with the murder of the girls.

The Gambia is one of the safest countries in Africa but the recent reports in crimes have raised concerns about its status. Officials, however, say the country is safer than it has ever been. Security in The Gambia is in the hands of regional troops.

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