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Published On: Sat, Feb 3rd, 2024

Fatoumatta’s Family Accuses Police Of Denial Of Permit To Hold Solidarity March

Fatoumatta Karbo the H.M Forex Bureau worker who was allegedly stabbed on the chest by Arona Tine a Senegalese on 19th January 2024 just after Jummah Prayers, her Family had accused the Police of denying them permit to hold a solidarity March in her memory.

Fatoumatta’s uncle Ousainou, said in a news conference organized by the family over the weekend that their plan to hold a peaceful march in memory of the deceased was cancelled because the police declined their request for a procession permit.

He explained: “This greatly dismayed the family during one of our visits to the police headquarters, a police commissioner asked us to go and do our preparations because we were going to be given a permit. We returned home with hope, made our preparations and spent a lot of money, only to be told at the last minute that the permit will not be issued.

He highlighted that it is disturbing and that their loved one died in a very brutal and gruesome manner and no one in the family reacted in any extreme way, adding that they could have gone out if wished but they know the authorities were doing their investigations and ought to accord them there due.

He added “We only pleaded with them to allow us two hours to do a peaceful march to honor Fatoumatta’s memory and register our condemnation at the manner in which she was killed but we were denied. We accept it in good faith since we cannot go against the authorities.”

He concluded by saying that their family have also written recommendations and a way forward to be shared with authorities at the Ministry for Interior, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank for them to review policy and other regulations of micro-finance institutions to avoid recurrences of such acts.

The suspect has since been arraigned and remanded at the Mile II prison awaiting trial at the Banjul High Court, in which Her gruesome killing attracted wide condemnations.

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