(JollofNews) – Gambia’s Immigration Chief Buba Sanyang has defended the removal of ‘homeless’ Senegalese children from the tiny West African nation.
“Fifty seven youngters ranging in age from 11 to 16 years were taken to the border with Senegal,” Buba Sanyang told this reporter in an exclusive interview.
He said the move is part of an operation launched by a joint task force, led by the police, geared towards maintaining law and order in the country.
Sanyang said the teanagers were found living outside in filthy conditions. They were recovered by security forces, and a decision was taken to reunite them with their familles,” he said.
He said there are other minors who are in police custody awaiting to be deported to their respective countries.
Sanyang went further to emphasize they already received feedback from the Senegalese immigration that the kids are happy to get back home.
Senegal played a key role in helping Gambia to overcome the post-electoral crisis provoked by Yahya Jammeh’s U-turn in the 2016 presidential elections.
The ECOMIG forces include soldiers from Senegal military forces and have been assisting the country’s security forces to ensure that peace continues to prevail in Gambia.