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.