By Bekai Njie
At least three people identified as Senegalese have been arrested in connection with robbery and violence.
The trio were Abdoulie Saine, 25, Modou Faye, 27, and Ousman Sarr aged, 27.
They were arrested after they alleged to have robbed a police officer at the SerreKunda Market during the hours of 1:30 a.m. and 2:00 a.m.
Cpl. Lamin Darboe, a traffic officer attached at the SerreKunda Traffic Annex, narrated that he was
on night duty when a brother of his had come to pay him a visit at the station. When they chatted until around 1:15 a.m., he narrated, then his brother wanted to go home, then he (Cpl. Darboe) saw him off to the car park where he boarded a taxi (town trip) to go home.
“I was walking back to the police station. When I passed the baobab tree near the Trust Bank building, I noticed three men following closely behind me. One of them walked past me and I noticed that he was holding a beer bottle which he broke and stood facing me, blocking my way,” he told the police.
“I asked him to allow me to go on, but he refused and instead made to strike me with the broken bottle,” he said. “I tried to seal off the blow with my left arm and sustained a cut on the thumb, while I struck him in the face with my right hand.”
He added that from there, another held him around the neck from behind and the third one joined in and they wrestled him to the ground. “Knowing that I was overpowered, I stopped struggling and let them robbed me of D1750, 00 and a simple TECNO mobile phone. They then kicked me several times before they left,” Cpl. Darboe narrated.
According to police spokesperson, David Kujabi, Cpl. Darboe, after the incident got up and rushed to the PIU officers on night patrol duty around the Serrekunda black market where he reported his ordeal.
“He was assigned personnel and they hired a taxi and pursued the assailants and arrested two of them somewhere around Dippa Kunda. These were brought back to the police station and the task force was dispatched in search of the third suspect who was subsequently arrested around Jaiteh Kunda Street. His mobile phone and D650,00 was recovered from them.”