(JollofNews) – The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon is dismayed by the death of the United Democratic Party member, Solo Sandeng, who died in detention on Thursday.
Mr Ban’s spokesperson urged the Gambian “authorities to conduct a prompt, thorough and independent investigation into the circumstances that led to” the death.
He also called for the immediate and “unconditionally release all those arrested, including UDP leader Ousainou Darboe, and uphold the rights of the Gambian people to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly”.
Members of the main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) led by Sandeng on Thursday gathered at Westfield Junction in a peaceful protest, calling for electoral reforms ahead of the December presidential elections.
The protesters were arrested and are still in detention.
Yesterday, their party leader, Ousainou Darboe confirmed the dead of Mr Sandeng at a press conference at his residence.
Minutes later, Darboe led his party executive and supporters in a peaceful protest demanding the release of Sandeng’s body whether “death or alive”.
But soon as they began walking towards Kairaba police station and chanting the slogan, “we need Solo dead or alive,” they were met by security forces armed with assault rifles who fired tear gas at the protesters, according to eyewitnesses.
Darboe and 15 other members of the party were arrested and are in detention, according to the UDP. The detention of two more members of the UDP is still unconfirmed.