Gambian Navy Leading Seaman Sainey Ngum, right, checks the size of the holes of a fishing net on a vessel operating in Gambia's exclusive economic zone off the coast of West Africa June 20, 2012, to ensure it meets regulations during African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership operations, a part of Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2012. APS is an international security cooperation initiative facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Mennuto/Released)

Armed off-duty naval officer arrested at Denton Bridge

The Gambia’s paramilitary police arrested a man with a gun at the bridge connecting the country’s island capital to the mainland, authorities confirmed.

The arrested man whose identity has not been released is a naval officer. He was off-duty at the time of his arrest at Denton Bridge.

The military is declining to give further details about the arrest and not making it clear if the naval officer has been released or if he would be facing charges.

It is the second time that a Gambian soldier is being arrested with a gun at a time that President Adama Barrow has ordered them to surrender their weapons unless otherwise authorized to have them carried.

A court in Banjul earlier this year acquitted and discharged a soldier, Sgt. Baboucarr Njie for carrying a loaded gun into a mosque where President Barrow was attending Friday prayers.

There has been heightened security in Banjul, which is mostly patrolled by West African troops since the thwarting of a plot by former President Yahya Jammeh’s loyalist to oust Barrow.

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