Musa Sonko, Deputy Party Leader of the National Reconciliation Party (NRP) has been arrested and is currently under detention at the Kairaba Police Station for his failure to return a Coalition 2016 Pick-Up Vehicle given to him purposely for running the errands of Coalition 2016.
The Deputy NRP Party Leader has been grinding it out with his party over his defiance to support the views of the Party Leader Hamat NK Bah and five of his National Assembly Members in their efforts to make President Adama Barrow NRP flag bearer for the upcoming 2021 Presidential Election.
Earlier this week, Sonko is said to have been reported to the police by the Administrative Secretary of the National Reconciliation Party (NRP) Pa Touray Bajinka demanding his return of a Coalition 2016 pick-up vehicle to the party. He is said to be refusing to vehicle maintaining that the vehicle wasn’t given to him by the NRP but rather Coalition 2016.
Sonko, who is also the Deputy Chairperson of Coalition 2016 has also made public his objection to the extension of the mandate of President Adama Barrow from 3 to 5 years by Chairperson Fatoumata Jallow Tambajang and some members of the Coalition 2016, claiming they have no mandate to do so and therefore, regarded the extension as not binding.
“I have been arrested since yesterday by the police of Kairaba Police Station and this is where I spent the night. My arrest is in connection with my refusal to return the Coalition 2016 pick-up vehicle to the NRP Party,” Sonko stated in a telephone conversation at Kairaba Police Station.
He added; “the police asked me to return the vehicle to the NRP but I told them I will not return the vehicle because it wasn’t given to me by them, it is from the Coalition 2016. I have been denied communication since yesterday and it is just now (9:34am) that the Station Officer (SO) is allowing me to make a call”.
Lamin Njie, Public Relations Officer Gambia Police Force (GPF) confirmed the arrest and detention of the deputy party leader of the NRP while noting that Sonko’s arrest and detention is in connection with a letter written to the police by the party in relation to a vehicle that the party said belongs to them.
“Sonko is currently under detention at the Kairaba Police Station and is helping the police in investigations relative to the said vehicle,” ASP Lamin Njie told The Chronicle in a telephone interview.