President Adama Barrow of the Gambia Wednesday commissioned a presidential inquiry to independently look into the circumstances that led to the death of three civilians in Faraba Banta.
The membership consists of the following:
1. Emmanuel Joof, a renown human rights Lawyer as the Chairperson
2. A representative of the Ministry of Justice
3. A representative of the Gambia Bar Association
4. A representative of the Gambia Armed Forces
5. A representative of the of the State Intelligence Services
6. A Representative of Civil society from the Association of Non-Governmental Organizations – TANGO
A statement from the President’s Office said taking into account the need for a speedy dispensation of justice and accountability, the committee will starts work immediately and will submit a comprehensive report to Mr Barrow within a period of one month.
The Inquiry has been mandated to:
1. Investigate the circumstances leading to the standoff between the villagers of Faraba Banta and the Police Intervention Unit
2. Investigate the circumstances that led to the injuries and fatalities in Faraba Banta and identify the those responsible for the deaths, including those who may have ordered the firings and those who fired the shots
3. Recommend measures to prevent a recurrence of the circumstances that led to the stand-off in Faraba Banta
4. Recommend measures to prevent an occurrence of the incident in Faraba Banta and other parts of the country
Additionally, the President has given approval for the appointment of a Coroner to investigate the cause of the deaths as per the Coroners Act, Cap 7.04, Vol. 2 Laws of The Gambia. The Coroner will work with a pathologist to establish the facts before the corpses are released to their families.