Police in the Upper River Region (URR) have recently arrested two boys in one of the villages in the Jimara District of the Region for gang-raping an underage girl the Daily Observer have been reliably informed.
The suspects are currently being detained at the Basse Police Station helping the police in their marathon investigations with a view to getting to the root of the latest heinous crime committed in the furthest region of the country.
The suspected boys according to our URR correspondent are all teenagers and as a result cannot be legally named. But this latest incident in the Region has created anger amongst the community of the metropolitan town of Basse as many have condemned the incident and called on the perpetrators to face the full force of the law.
Sources told this correspondent that the suspects were coming from a programme which was organised by the youth of another village, however, as the programme came to an end late into the night, both the suspects and the victim were running home as it was raining. The correspondent added that it was during that process that their paths crossed with the suspects deciding to attack her and forcefully raped her.
When contacted for confirmation, the Regional Police Commissioner for the Upper River Region, Omar Darboe, declined to comment. However, he referred our reporter to the police Public Relations Officer ASP Lamin Njie at the Police Headquarters in Banjul. “I have been calling the cell phone of the Police PRO since Saturday but to no avail,’’ our correspondent said.
When contacted, the Social Welfare officer for URR, Kebba Jatta confirmed the story, saying that he is currently working with the police with a view to getting to the root of the latest rape case in the region.
by Momodou Jawo in Basse, URR