Janjangbureh, Crr — As part of activities marking the celebrations of The Gambia's 48th Independence anniversary, a new police station was recently inaugurated in the Central River Region's village of Freedowsey.
The ceremony was presided over by the Attorney General and minister of Justice, Lamin Jobarteh; the governor of the region, Ganyie Touray; traditional rulers and members of the security services. The police station is expected to enhance security in the area, especially in curbing unlawful activities.
In his address, Minister Lamin Jobarteh spoke extensively on the importance of security. He pointed out that the maintenance of peace and security is key on President Jammeh's development agenda, making partucular reference to the president's zero tolerance policy on insecurity.
The Justice minister went on to challenge the communities in the area to help the security personnel execute their duty by informing them about criminals or any abnormalities in the area. He observed that the station is strategically located to track down cattle rustlers and drug dealers in the region.
In his turn the Governor Touray equally underscored the vital role security plays in maintaining law and order in the country. The police station, he posited, would help a great deal in reducing criminal activities such as cattle rustling and drug peddling in the region. He enjoined the people in the area to furnish the security personnel with any information that has the potential to threaten the peace and security of the country.
The governor equally shared the Justice minister's view that without security, development cannot take place in any country.
The regional police commissioner, Ebrima Cham, said the decision to establish a police station in Freedowsey was due to the fact that it is a very strategic location. He informed that Freedowsey was a transit point for armed robbers, drug peddlers and cattle rustlers, but noted that with the establishment of this structure, such unlawful activities will be curbed.
Cham commended the community and the villagers in general for working with them since 2007 to combat crime in the area. Assuring of their commitment to tracking criminal activities in the area, the senior police officer urged the locals to continue collaborating with them in the quest of maintaining law and order in the region.