Gamtel cable‘thief’ runs out of luck
Friday, February 03, 2012
Police detectives have arrested one Babucarr Touray,
an18-year-old resident of Lamin village in Kombo North, for allegedly cutting
the overhead cables of the Gambia Telecommunications Ltd (Gamtel).
Confirming the story to Daily Observer Thursday at Yundum Police Station, ASP Yerro Mballow, the public relations officer of the Gambia Police Force said that on the 26th January 2012, the Gamtel branch manager at Yundum reported the theft of Gamtel overhead cables in Lamin to the officer commanding (OC) of Brikama Police Division. He said the report was then referred to the regional crime office, West Coast Region for investigation and a team of detectives were selected and posted in Lamin to be checking on the Gamtel cables.
According to him, on the 31st January 2012 at around 03:30
-04:00am while the team was on patrol around Bojang Kunda in Lamin, it met with
the accused and challenged him. He said the accused then told the officers that
he was sweeping their workshop. “The officers then proceeded on their patrol but shortly
after meeting with the accused, they discovered that a cable was cut off from
the telephone and taken away,” Mballow added.
According to him, the officers then when straight to the accused who upon seeing them, tried to run away, but was chased and later arrested. He said the accused was interrogated and later confessed cutting the cables from nine different locations in Lamin. “The accused then led the police to the place where he normally sell the cables. One Amadou Mbaye in Latri Kunda was also arrested for buying the cables and presently helping the police in their investigation,” Mballow disclosed.
He further disclosed that the illegal acts of the accused
have cost Gamtel a total of D1,600,411.28 (one million, six hundred thousand,
four hundred and eleven dalasi and twenty eight bututs). He then stated that charges have been preferred against the
accused persons. The first accused Babucarr Touray is charged with willful
damage to property and stealing whilst Amadou Mbaye is charged with receiving
The police spokesman also stressed that Gamtel cables and signboards are for the consumption of the general public and for the benefit of everybody, and so should be jealously guarded.
Author: Omar Wally