President Adama Barrow’s National Security Adviser, Retired Colonel Momodou Badjie, has said that some of the complains made by prisoners at the remand wing of the Mile II prison during the protest were genuine.
Badjie who was part of a team negotiating the recent protest at the central prison said. “When we have our debrief, we have certain assurance given from both sides. We should also be aware that government has its own way and government has to ensure that there is security, peace and stability.”
Retire Colonel Badjie was responding to questions posed to him by journalists at a press conference held at State House in Banjul over allegation that some remand wing prisoners were tortured, while others were taken to confinement cells.
According to him, he was not aware of that. “However, I will find out and use the appropriate channel and look into to the matter,” he told journalists.
Commenting on their complains, the security adviser stated that they found that it was really genuine and then the Attorney General Office which was represented by the solicitor general took copious notes and gave lots of assurance their cases that are genuine will be looked into.
“Nonetheless, I think the blame was also caution to other areas and other factors, which, one of them is their own lawyers. Most of them have taken lawyers, and according to sources, in most circumstances, when these cases are called upon, their lawyers are not present and this is another factor that derails the process.”
He said as a government, they are concern about the matter for the fact that they don’t want any instability in the country. Therefore, appropriate action is always taken.