President Adama Barrow will Friday travel to Faraba Banta Village to pay his condolences and respect to the families Monday’s shooting victims.
Three people were killed and scores of others seriously injured after riot police fired live ammunition at a crowd of villagers protesting against sand mining in the village.
The Inspector General of Police has denied giving orders for the officers to use live ammunition against the villagers and on Thursday vacated his post to allow an independent investigation into the incident.
President Barrow’s visit to Faraba Banta follows his appointment of a presidential commission of inquiry into the matter, and visit to the victims at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul. He has also appointed a coroner to establish the cause of the death
Meanwhile, a media statement from the Office of the President said some villagers from Faraba Thursday afternoon met with senior State House officials and expressed their ‘deep appreciation’ of the solidarity and support demonstrated by the president since the beginning of the tragedy.
According to the statement, the chairperson of the Village Development Committee, who spoke on behalf of the community had told the officials that Faraba is a peaceful community and not known for violence.
It said the village rep aded that contrary to what is being spread on the media, the incident was not political but rather prompted by the need to protect the vital interest of their community.
The statement added that the villagers have distanced themselves from Sunday’s planned demonstrations against the incident and has urged anyone who wants to show solidarity with the community to visit them in Faraba Banta.