David Colley, Ex-prison Commissioner

(JollofNews) – President Adama Barrow of the Gambia has fired the head of the country’s notorious Mile Two Prisons, days after he vowed to improve the conditions of jails across the country.

David Colley, Gambia’s long serving prisons commissioner, was sent packing Friday. No reasons was given for his sacking.

He is succeeded by one Ansumana Manneh.

Mr Colley’s sacking comes barely two weeks after a tour of the prison’s facilities by the country’s new Interior Minister, Mai Ahmad Fatty, which drew attention to the deplorable conditions in which thousands of inmates including opponents of former president Yahya Jammeh were kept.

But in a series of interviews conducted recently, Mr Colley, who joined the prison service in the 1970s, denied allegations of torture and other inhumane treatment allegedly meted out on inmates behind the iron gates of the prisons.

Mr Colley served as commissioner of prison for many years before he was arrested sacked in  June 2007. Shortly after his sacking, he was detained for weeks before being charged with stealing a 5.5 KVA generator and D27,000.

He was later acquitted on the charge of stealing D27,000.00 but found guilty of stealing the generator, following a legal battle that lasted several months. He was subsequently ordered to pay back the generator and fined D3000.00.

Following the death of his successor, Agnes Rose Klu, in 2008, Mr Colley was reappointed to the job. But in January 2012, he was relieved from the post for the third time and re-deployed to the Ministry of the Interior and NGO Affairs.

In April 2013, Mr Colley, a native of Kanilai, was again reinstated as prisons commissioner, a position he held until his  removal by the regime of Adama Barrow.