By Ousman A Marong
Gambian security officials have yesterday, started night patrol after the country’s President Adama Barrow has declared a 21 days nationwide curfew with closure of mosques, churches and prohibition of public gatherings amid surging COVID-19 cases in the country.
The capital Banjul and Serrekunda, a densely populated area were lockdown on Thursday 6 August 2020, just a day after the country registered its a highest number of COVID-19 cases.
According to the Presidential declaration, the Public Health (Dangerous Infectious Disease) Protection Regulation (PHDIDPR) would last for 3 months with a compulsory wearing of the facemasks.
The 21-day curfew imposed by the President on Thursday night has recorded massive compliance, however, the Paratroopers had few encounters here and there during the patrol.
“Police brutality should be a thing of the past now. Such outward show of insensitivity to the democratic rights of others and endorsement of British Policing is very dangerous signal to a country known for peace. It is also dangerous signal for a country almost divided by partisan political affiliations, and soon to go into an election in 2021,” said Ms. Mariama Jallow.
She said the police service exists to protect the citizens of a country in all situations and not to intimidate or brutalize them and urged people to obey the law at all times.
Mariama is a hairdresser working at Westfield Junction who was late to close from work last night. She was intercepted by the security officers during the curfew period and was adviced to go home.