(JollofNews) – A Gambian secondary school principal who is being persecuted for allegedly sending photographs exposing police corruption to a US-based Gambian blogger has fled the country.
Lamin Camara, principal of Demfaye Basic Cycle School, Central River Region (CRR) is said to have fled the country last month shortly after he was given a D100,000 bail by Bansang Magistrates’ Court where he is charged with libel and making false publication.
Uncomfirmed reports said he has sought refuge in neighbouring Senegal after receiving threats from the police who want to send him down for exposing them.
A bench warrant has been issue by the court for his arrest. His sureties were arrested for failing to facilitate his presence in court.
Mr Camara’s troubles with the police began on 12th December 2015 when a vehicle that was transporting some items donated to his school was stopped by police at Kaur.
Reports said the driver of the vehicle was asked to see one Police Sgt 844 Bayo, who demanded a D3000 bribe before their vehicle could be release. When the men refused to make the payment, the driving licence of the driver and the insurance certificate of the vehicle were seized by the officer. The driver was later asked to drop-off the items at the school and return to the station.
When the story appeared online a few days later, Mr Camara was nicked by police and detained at Bansang Police Station before he was Sergeant Bayo Kaur Police Stattion remanded at Janjangbureh prisons.