Following rumours that the trouble- stricken village of Kanilai, where a violent demonstration occurred Friday has been put under a curfew, The Standard yesterday approached the Army Spokesman Lt. Colonel Omar Bojang for confirmation.
According to the army spokesman, there is no curfew in Kanilai or in any other part of The Gambia.
“This is weird. We live in a democratic society and so no one has the power to impose a curfew without authority. The soldiers are patrolling there, yes but as far as I am concerned, I can confirm that there has not been any curfew imposed by anyone including the government,” he said .
Lt Col. Bojang further said that in fact calm and normalcy has since returned to the village and no one has any need to impose a curfew.
He said they only gave advice to the elders of the village to control the movement of the youths and to report anything that could potentially breach peace of the area.
Through out yesterday, social media was filled with reports and comments that a curfew has been imposed in the village from 10 pm to 6am. The rumours continued that shop and business owners have been ordered to close down before 10pm.
“That is not true at all,” Lt Col Bojang said.
Source : Standard