Armed Police Man Rapes Fatou Jeng- Attackers left seven men injured!!

Fatou Jeng’s Husband Devastated by the police’s inaction to arrest the rapists!!

Identity request becomes rape case on  OJ Street

“Three unidentified men over the weekend packed a car number BJL 0841A on O.J. Street, very close to the Trust Bank on the junction going to Serrekunda, parked in wait for girls without identities. In the past, they came with a different car and whisked away some girls and nothing was heard about their being raped or detained. When a man and his wife (Fatou Jeng) crossed the road, the said armed men called the lady and demanded her identity. The husband went home just across the road to bring his wife’s Identity Card. On his return, the three men had already put the lady in their car. Neighbours came out and intervened. The attackers then fought and wounded seven men and three women and entered the vehicle and ran in haste towards Banjul.”

By Correspondent Famara Jammeh, Banjul.
Paid for and Commissioned by the Freedom Newspaper.

Three men, one identified as a police man apparently stood on OJ Street near the Trust Bank at Serrekunda, asking for identity cards about 12.15 am over the weekend whisking away a lady, 25 years old and raped her around Ice Man, the Freedom Newspaper can authoritatively report. Three unidentified men over the weekend packed a car number BJL 0841A on O.J. Street, very close to the Trust Bank on the junction going to Serrekunda, parked in wait for girls without identities. In the past, they came with a different car and whisked away some girls and nothing was heard about their being raped or detained.

Over the past weekend, three men packed their car again on OJ Street waiting for only women and their identities. When a man and his wife (Fatou Jeng) crossed the road, the said armed men called the lady and demanded her identity. The husband went home just across the road to bring his wife’s Identity Card. On his return, the three men had already put the lady in their car. Neighbors came out and intervened. The attackers then fought and wounded seven men and three women and entered the vehicle and ran in haste towards Banjul.

According to the raped lady, (Fatou Jeng) the men took her to Ice Man in the dark area, packed the car and forcefully had sex with her one after the other. She said the man identified to be a policeman had a pistol in his possession. After their act, she was dropped on the road where she looked for a vehicle to return home on OJ Street. They went to the police where the three men appeared and the fighting ensued among them again. The three women and seven men going to report were again beaten and a lot of them received good beatings  and were detained while the three men left.

Inside sources say that because one of them were identified as a police man, especially the one with the pistol that was why they could not allow them to explain. They were detained and later released. Police did not obtain statements from the detainees. They were just asked to go home, while the police rapist and his co accused persons walked scot free.

Meanwhile, the rape victim Fatou Jeng is at home bleeding from her private part profusely and some other girls in tears nursing their wounds. The affected family say they were unhappy with the police’s inaction to bring the perpetrator’s to justice. They are demanding justice in this matter.

It could be recalled that a Sheriff Minteh, a youth was allegedly killed by a  patrol being named as police officer which he denied. But eye witnesses said the culprit was Dudou who now stands trial. This time it is armed attackers raping and called policemen again. The streets of Serrekunda is not safe for women now at night. Efforts to solicit comments from police Command in Banjul during the weekend proved abortive.

A police officer attached to the Serre Kunda police station remarked” This woman was raped and we know the persons involved. This case is sensitive. If you talk, they will say that you are trying to tarnish the image of the force, but these people were abused by the arresting team. One of them was armed. The station officer should have allowed  these people to recount their stories. Being part of the force don’t make you to be above the law. Similar women suffered the same fate in the past and nothing came out of it. This woman is married. Her family can sue the police for failing to administer justice. The officers behind this act know themselves. I will stop here for now.”

Editors note: Since the rape case in question does not involves a minor, we deem it necessary to report the victim’s name. We do not invent stories, we report the truth and nothing but the truth. We reported the story in good faith without malice or ill will.

The Gambian authorities should do everthing humanely possible to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice. Hiding in the name of security checks to rape our women is uncalled for. It’s  morally wrong and unacceptable to say the least. The government don’t mean to tell us that there are rebels in this country, who poised as police men at night.

Th Inspector General of police should read the Freedom Newspaper investigative piece with an open mind and avoid siding with the breakers of the law. The case in question borders on “gross human rights abuses” and threat to national security. The law must take its cause in the interest of justice and fair play.

We are aware of the ethical standards set for reporting the cases of rape victims. The police should allow  Fatou Jeng to explain her story, rather than treating her like a common criminal. She committed no crime, which should warrant such a barbaric mistreatment. Her only  perceived crime was walking at night without an ID Card. Her husband’s efforts to collect her ID at home was frustrated by the rapists. They shamelessly speed up their car  towards Banjul. The woman was badly raped as she sustains serious injuries on her private part.

The Freedom Newspaper is here to police the police. Days are gone, when members of the police can use their positions to oppress our people. This paper will investigate and report graft and rights violation cases, involving our men in uniform. Our reporters are all over the country to monitor developments in the Gambia-be it political, economic and other human interesting stories. We owe it to Gambians and friends of the Gambia to provide you with factual, balanced, accurate and objective news all the time.

The perpetrators of this  crime would be taken by surprise by our Reporter’s smart move to document their car’s registration number. The information volunteered so far  by eye witnesses is an easy lead for any serious police force to track down the rapists. The police should disassociate itself from such enemies of freedom, as their credibility is at stake. Aiding and abetting such criminals, would only undermine public confidence in our already discredited police force. The world is watching you closely!!!

Beside Fatou Jeng, two other women were also raped by these armed men. This case is scary. The perpetrators have no right whatsoever to take the law in their own hands. Our women folks ought to be respected. These rapists would not want to see their own loved ones raped.

If the current Interior Minister Ousman Sonko and the NIA’S Pa Jallow are unfit to head the nation’s internal security, they should consider giving up their appointments. How on earth can such crimes be perpetrated in this  country, without the police or the NIA knowing about it. There is insecurity everywhere in The Gambia. People no longer have confidence into the security forces. You are paid to protect and defend Gambians.

If the current trend is not arrested, there is no doubt in our minds that our much cherish peace is at stake. Jammeh and his own Ministers are not safe as well. Gambians are not safe. This was how the Sierra Leonean and Liberian wars started. Uniform men would attack  communties and retreat in the bush. The same trend is happening in The Gambia these days.

On a final note, we sympathized with Fatou Jeng and the two other raped girls. We urge the office of the Inspector General of Police to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice. The police should also invite the private press and brief them about the pace of the investigations if there is any institued in the first place. Such a move, would help to win the confidence of the general public towards the police. For God sake, don’t let Fatou Jeng’s rape case to gather dust in your offices. Justice should prevail at all cost.

Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2007 (Archive on Thursday, August 30, 2007)
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