27 people remanded over Jimara land dispute
Friday, July 13, 2012
Police in the Upper River Region (URR) have arrested 27 people from the village of Demba Kunda Kuta in Jimara District, in connection to a serious land dispute in the area.
This was confirmed to the Daily Observer on Wednesday by the URR commissioner of Police, Ousman Jatta, who explained that the 27 persons are charged with assault causing actual bodily harm, assault causing bodily harm and assault and are currently remanded at Janjangbureh Prison in the Central River Region (CRR).
disclosed that the arrests followed an attack on the people of Demba Koto, by
the people of Demba Kunda Kuta, while the former were working on their farms on
Tuesday morning. He disclosed that the assailants used cutlasses, hoes and
other dangerous materials. “Among the
27 people arrested, three of them are even women, and their arrest was as a
result of attacking the police officer that went to arrest them with a hoe,” he
Commissioner Jatta said the land dispute started over 10 years ago and the matter was taken to the High Court in Banjul, where the judge ruled in favour of Demba Koto. According to him, the people of Demba Kunda Kuta were not happy with the High Court ruling, and instead of appealing they rather took the law in their own hands by attacking Demba Koto.
He said the
problem is between two compounds, the Camara Kunda and Kebbeh Kunda Families of
the two villages. He said upon receiving the information about the attack, his
office went to the scene and found that the people of Demba Kunda Koto were
indeed attacking the people of Demba Kuto at their farms.
commissioner said the attack led to three people sustaining injuries, two of
them very serious. He added
that the injured persons were taken to Basse Major Health Centre for treatment. The
commissioner said they have told the people of the region to desist from land
disputes, as the government will never tolerate any form of land dispute in the
“My officers are patrolling the region every day. Land disputes will not be compromised as far as I am concerned. Beside the country is a democratic state, which respects human rights and rule of law. If they were not happy with what the judge decided, let them go to the Court of Appeal, instead of fighting,” he further stated.
When contacted by this reporter, the governor of the region, Alhaji Omar Khan decried the fact that the people of Demba Kunda Koto failed to respect the court’s decision, and described their action as ‘totally unacceptable’.
Author: Momodou Jawo in Basse, URR