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Momodou



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Posted - 11 Jan 2019 :  22:05:47  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
“These are arms shipments reportedly intercepted by the authorities at the Banjul ports on Thursday 10th January 2019 is designated for GACH security company.
As you all may recall this is the same GACH company currently mining our Black sand at Sanyang, for export to China, Owned by one Abubacarr Jawara.
The same man also owns the GACH tomato paste factory.
Now he’s apparently into security, with these weapons addressed to the named security company.”

Source: FB


PRESS RELEASE

11th January 2019

The Office of the Inspector General of Police wishes to inform the general public that GACH SECURITY LIMITED situated at Fatou’s Gold Plaza, Bertil Harding Highway, Kanifing, The Gambia, applied for Gun Importation License in accordance with the Arms and Ammunitions Act to enable them import single barrel rifles for hunting and recreational purposes in The Gambia.

On arrival at the Banjul Seaport on Wednesday the 9th January, the shipment was subjected to routine security checks for the purpose of verification by security agents stationed at the Seaport. It was discovered that 38 of the guns were not the type authorised for importation as indicated on the packing list.

These guns are impounded by the Police and an investigation panel, consisting of personnel of the Gambia Police Force, State Intelligence Service and Gambia Armed Forces have been instituted to look into the circumstances surrounding the matter as to whether these are categories of hunting guns as claimed by the importer.

As the State Authority responsible for the granting of license under Arms and Ammunitions Act of the Gambia, the Office of the Inspector General of Police assures the general public that it will ensure national security is not compromised.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Inspector General of Police thanks the security agents for their diligence and professionalism.

ASP LAMIN NJIE
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR:INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE

A clear concience fears no accusation - proverb from Sierra Leone

Momodou



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Posted - 11 Jan 2019 :  22:10:49  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
BREAKING: Gambia Police Open Investigation into 1,263 Seized Rifles

http://fatunetwork.net/breaking-gambia-police-open-investigation-into-1263-seized-rifles/



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toubab1020



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Posted - 11 Jan 2019 :  22:58:58  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY THREE RIFLES,seems to me to be a great many FIREARMS to be in the hands of ONE MAN.
Personally I am certain that the GAMBIAN POLICE will investigate this matter with the greatest of care.

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Originally posted by Momodou

BREAKING: Gambia Police Open Investigation into 1,263 Seized Rifles

http://fatunetwork.net/breaking-gambia-police-open-investigation-into-1263-seized-rifles/



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Momodou



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Posted - 13 Jan 2019 :  21:12:50  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Only a fool will believe this press release from this company, see below:

GACH Security Sheds Light On Importation Of Guns, Says They Are Cooperating Fully with Authorities
By A Correspondent - January 12, 2019


http://fatunetwork.net/gach-security-sheds-light-on-importation-of-guns-says-they-are-cooperating-fully-with-authorities/

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Momodou



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Posted - 13 Jan 2019 :  21:21:47  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The recent shipment of deadly arms and ammunition into the country has raised alarms in the country, as well as the sub-region and other agencies whose work it is to monitor the trafficking in arms and humans, regionally and across the globe.

Read the rest here:
Sunday, January 13, 2019
The consignment of arms imported by Abubacarr Jawara are deadly semi-automatic rifles, the pistols are real, not "blanks", as claimed

https://sidisanneh.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-consignment-of-arms-imported-by.html

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toubab1020



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Posted - 14 Jan 2019 :  16:44:47  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Monday, January 14, 2019

The GACH Security Ltd. situated at Fatou’s Gold Plaza, Bertil Harding Highway, Kanifing, has applied for Gun Importation Licence in accordance with the Arms and Ammunitions Act to enable them import single barrel rifles for hunting and recreational purposes in The Gambia, according to Office of the Inspector General of Police.

On arrival at the Banjul Seaport on Wednesday the 9th January, the shipment was subjected to routine security checks for the purpose of verification by security agents stationed at the seaport. It was discovered that 38 of the guns were not the type authorised for importation as indicated on the packing list.

These guns are impounded by the Police and an investigation panel, consisting of personnel of the Gambia Police Force, State Intelligence Service and Gambia Armed Forces have been instituted to look into the circumstances surrounding the matter as to whether these are categories of hunting guns as claimed by the importer.

As the State Authority responsible for the granting of license under Arms and Ammunitions Act of The Gambia, the Office of the Inspector General of Police assures the general public that it will ensure national security is not compromised.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Inspector General of Police thanks the security agents for their diligence and professionalism.

In a similar vein, GACH Security has equally reacted saying:

“Our attention has been drawn to reports doing media rounds of the interception by The Police of a container of firearms at the seaport. Being the company at the center of these reports, we deem it necessary to release this statement to shed light on events that are the subject of this report.

GACH Security is a duly registered company under the Laws of The Gambia, with the objective to provide private security for businesses and private households as well as deal in the sale of hunting and recreational firearms.

It would be recalled that for the past 9 decades the importation of firearms for hunting and recreational purposes has been regulated by the Arms and Ammunition Act CAP 21.01 of 1924. Under this Act, holders of a valid firearm import license may import certain categories of light firearms for the purpose of hunting and recreation. In deed at various times, various businesses and individuals have held such licenses and have legally imported hunting guns for especially in the regions “provinces”, where wild hog (pig) hunting is very common and widely practised, and also by farmers in scaring away large animals from destroying their groundnut and rice fields.

Having seen a demand for these hunting and recreational hunting, and with the knowledge that a scarcity of well-regulated hunting guns might lead to the smuggling and illegal ownership of guns from neighboring countries, we applied for a License to import firearms and ammunition. Having gone through a strict vetting process and having met the conditions, a license was granted on the 28th of September 2018.

We placed our first order of hunting guns following the legal process and submitted all relevant documents to customs authorities to facilitate the clearance of the hunting guns. Throughout this process we were transparent and no aspect of the importation process was shrouded in secrecy. If we had any sinister motives we would not have opted to use the Banjul Port knowing fully well of the high-Tech Scanning Machines and effective inspection measures put in place by the Gambia Customs.

The misunderstanding which is at the heart of this whole saga is that free samples were included in the shipment should we intend to place an order for such in the near future. These free samples included the following;

- Blank Pistols which are typically sold in sports and recreational shops. They utilise blank ammunition which only makes a loud bang and does not have the ability to cause any harm. They are used by farmers to scare away animals and hippopotamus from destroying cash crops, due to the loud sound they make. They are also widely used in cinematic productions. These pistols which can be googled are safe and can cause no harm.

- The other category of weapons is hunting guns which use the regular hunting bullets with scatter pellets as opposed to a single brass or metal bullets. The misunderstanding came from the fact that these weapons are shaped like Assault rifles, but are indeed regular hunting guns using regular hunting bullets. A google search comparison of “Mezzanine Fed Shotgun” as opposed to “Assault Rifle” will shed more light on the physical similarities but stark functional differences.

We have informed the authorities of this and submitted all necessary documentation to support our assertion. These free samples shipped without any ammunition were not meant for sale or use but merely as samples should we be interested in placing future orders.

In light of the above and being the responsible thing to do, GACH SECURITY wishes to take this opportunity to profusely apologize to the general public and the authorities for the alarm that this misunderstanding may have caused. We are well mindful of the current security situation coming out of such a trying period in our history as a nation and assure the public that our actions were not in any way meant to disrupt public peace and tranquility.

We take this opportunity to applaud our able men and women of the Security Forces, the Gambian Police, the SIS and the Army for the swift and diligent way in which they are conducting their investigations. Their professionalism and swiftness in discovering this anomaly is an assurance that the security and peace of this nation is guaranteed.

In the meantime, are cooperating fully with the Authorities as they continue their investigations into this matter and remain available to clarify any concerns that the public might have. We pledge to continue acting as we have always done in line with the Laws in force. We thank the public for the kind attention.”

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/police-shed-light-over-intercepted-guns

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toubab1020



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Posted - 15 Jan 2019 :  16:55:47  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
GACH office clarifies in the statement reacting to reports circulating in both local and international media concerning interception of a ship load of Arms and ammunition said to have being their order. Below is the reactions:
Our attention has been drawn to reports going round of the interception by The Police of a container of firearms at the Seaport. Being the company at the centre of these reports, we deem it necessary to release this statement to shed light on events that are the subject of this report.
GACH Security is a duly registered company under the Laws of The Gambia, with the objective to provide private security for businesses and private households as well as deal in the sale of hunting and recreational firearms.
It would be recalled that for the past 9 decades the importation of firearms for hunting and recreational purposes has been regulated by the Arms and Ammunition Act CAP 21.01 of 1924. Under this Act holders of a valid firearm import license may import certain categories of light firearms for the purpose of hunting and recreation. In deed at various times, various businesses and individuals have held such licenses and have legally imported hunting guns for especially in the regions “provinces”, where wild hog (pig) hunting is very common and widely practiced, and also by farmers in scaring away large animals from destroying their groundnut and rice fields.
Having seen a demand for these hunting and recreational hunting, and with the knowledge that a scarcity of well-regulated hunting guns might lead to the smuggling and illegal ownership of guns from neighboring countries, we applied for a License to import firearms and ammunition. Having gone through a strict vetting process and having met the conditions, a license was granted on the 28th of September 2018.
We placed our first order of hunting guns following the legal process and submitted all relevant documents to customs authorities to facilitate the clearance of the hunting guns. Throughout this process we were transparent and no aspect of the importation process was shrouded in secrecy. If we had any sinister motives we would not have opted to use the Banjul Port knowing fully well of the high-Tech Scanning Machines and effective inspection measures put in place by the Gambia Customs.
The misunderstanding which is at the heart of this whole saga is that free samples were included in the shipment should we intend to place and order for such in the near future. These free samples included the following;
– Blank Pistols which are typically sold in sports and recreational shops. They utilize a blank ammunition which only makes a loud bang and does not have the ability to cause any harm. They are used by farmers to scare away animals and hippopotamus from destroying cash crops, due to the loud sound they make. They are also widely used in cinematic productions. These pistols which can be googled are safe and can cause no harm.
– The other category of weapons are hunting guns which use the regular hunting bullets with scatter pellets as opposed to a single brass or metal bullets. The misunderstanding came from the fact these weapons are shaped like Assault rifles, but are indeed regular hunting guns using regular hunting bullets. A google search comparison of “Mezzanine Fed Shotgun” as opposed to “Assault Rifle” will shed more light on the physical similarities but stark functional differences.
We have informed the authorities of this and submitted all necessary documentation to support our assertion. These free samples shipped without any ammunition were not meant for sale or use but merely as samples should we be interested in placing future orders.
In light of the above and being the responsible thing to do, GACH SECURITY wishes to take this opportunity to profusely apologize to the general public and the authorities for the alarm that this misunderstanding may have caused. We are well mindful of the current security situation coming out of such a trying period in our history as a nation and assure the public that our actions were not in any way meant to disrupt public peace and tranquillity.
We take this opportunity to applaud our able men and women of the Security Forces, the Gambian Police, the SIS and the Army for the swift and diligent way in which they are conducting their investigations. Their professionalism and swiftness in discovering this anomaly is an assurance that the security and peace of this nation is guaranteed.
In the meantime, are cooperating fully with the Authorities as the continue their investigations into this matter and remain available to clarify any concerns that the public might have. We pledge to continue acting as we have always done in line with the Laws in force. We thank the public for your kind attention. Any questions from the Press may be directed to: gachsec@publicist.com.
Thanks

Public Relations Department.

http://dailynewsgm.com/gach-security-shed-light-on-importation-of-guns-into-the-gambia/

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Momodou



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Posted - 22 Mar 2019 :  10:44:12  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
DEPUTIES INQUIRE ABOUT ILLEGAL IMPORTED GUNS BY GACH GROUP
by KEXX Sanneh


Members of the National Assembly have on Thursday 21st March, 2019 engaged the Minister of Interior, Honourable Ebrima Mballow about the issue of illegally imported guns by GACH.

GACH has some time in January this year imported guns illegally into the country which prompted the police to mount investigation about the whole issue. The report by the government indicated that it was 38 guns that the GACH imported but Hon. Bakary Camara told the Minister that from source, it was 264 guns that were imported by the GACH.

During the question and answer session in the Assembly, Honourable Bakary Camara asked the Minister of Interior to explain to the parliament the issue of guns which were imported into the country by the GACH.

“Hon. Speaker, can the Hon. Minister for Interior tell this August Assembly whether the Government intends to prosecute the owner of a company called GACH Group who imported guns into the country without any authorization”.

The Minister replied.

Minister Mballow explained that the office of the Inspector General of police granted Mr. Abubacarr Jawara, the CEO of GACH Group a license to import hunting gun and he has imported these guns in January 2019.

However, the Minister said Jawara included two(2) pieces magazine-fed, semi-automatic guns, three(3) cross-fire magazines-fed guns, and eight(8) pieces sentient F99T blank pistols that were not covered by the license. A ballistics expert did examine and confirmed that they are all hunting guns. After that question, the lawmakers made follow-up questions by asking the minister to provide a comprehensive explanation as it relates to the imported guns that were not part of the license.

The deputy speaker who was deputizing the speaker on the particular session, informed the members that the National Assembly Select Committee on Security has mounted an investigation into the matter, but they made to understand that the case is before the court and he advised the parliament to suspend the question and wait for the outcome of the court after which they will report back to the Assembly of the whole house on their investigation which was unanimously agreed.

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toubab1020



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Posted - 22 Mar 2019 :  21:11:20  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Do We have a date of hearing ?
I have seen no notification of any date !
Any one on Bantaba in Cyberspace seen such a notification ?

"the case is before the court and he advised the parliament to suspend the question and wait for the outcome of the court after which they will report back to the Assembly of the whole house on their investigation which was unanimously agreed."

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Momodou



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Posted - 25 Mar 2019 :  20:16:09  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Toubab, No hearing
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THE GAMBIA POLICE FORCE CONCLUDES INVESTIGATIONS INTO GACH SECURITY COMPANY’S SUSPICIOUS WEAPONS AT BANJUL SEAPORT



Following an exhaustive investigation into the cache of suspicious guns discovered at the Banjul seaport on 9th January, 2019, belonging to GACH Security Company, the Office of the Inspector General of Police wishes to inform the public that, the investigative panel comprising experts from the Gambia Police Force, the Army, and Intelligence Services has concluded its findings.

It can be recalled that in the wake of the discovery of 13 suspicious weapons out of a total of 1,263 pieces of firearms packed in 252 boxes, the Gambia Police Force immediately launched an investigative panel to make a definitive determination, if the said weapons were hunting guns as alleged by the importer Mr. AbubakaryJawara, or conventional weapons of warfare beyond the limits of his legally acquired hunting guns license, through the Office of the Inspector General of Police.

The office of the Inspector General of Police wishes to remind the public that importation of guns and ammunitions is regulated by the Arms and Ammunitions Act which was first promulgated by Act number 14/1924 and it went through a series of amendments culminating in Act number 12 of 2008, Cap 21:01, Revised Laws of the Gambia, 2009.

During the thorough investigation lasting almost two months, specimens of all the weapons were taken to a ballistics expert at the Gambia Armed Forces who upon comprehensive examination, concluded that all weapons are classified as hunting guns which can only use cartridges and not conventional ammunitions.

In view of the above circumstances, the prosecution of Mr. Abubakary Jawara, proprietor of GACH Security Company, on a charge of importation of non-hunting guns cannot be substantiated based on the findings of the ballistics expert and the legal advice that all guns submitted as specimen fall within the categories of hunting guns.

ASP LAMIN NJIE
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE

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toubab1020



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Posted - 25 Mar 2019 :  21:56:20  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
THe Experts and the Lawyers have agreed and made their decision,therefore the matter is concluded.

There can be no critism of The Gambian Police in taking such prompt action if there is the slightest indication that firearms my have been imported for an unlawful use.

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Momodou



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Posted - 25 Mar 2019 :  22:49:11  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We don’t need any guns in a country where cutlasses were sold out just two years ago during the political impasse. It’s scary how irresponsible allowing this to happen.


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toubab1020



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Posted - 26 Mar 2019 :  09:23:43  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.


Need I Write more !!!

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Momodou



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Posted - 26 Mar 2019 :  21:42:29  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
By Sidi Sanneh
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
IGP exonerates Abubakar Jawara of GACH of all criminal liability.


https://sidisanneh.blogspot.com/2019/03/igp-exonerates-abubakar-jawara-of-gach.html

The Inspector General of Police of The Gambia has exonerated Mr. Abubakar Jawara, the proprietor of the Gambia Angola China (GACH) of all criminal liability after a consignment of rifles was interdicted at the Gambia Port Authority facility.
The imported guns were characterized as hunting guns at the port of entry and upon inspection, according to the account of the IGP, only 13 of the 1,200 guns, plus 60 pump action attachments, "were suspected of being conventional weapons of warfare beyond the limits of the legally acquired hunting gun license."

In short, 13 of the guns were found to be military grade, according to the IGP, after, he said, his office conducted a 2-month investigation employing the expertise of the various branches of the security establishment.

The press release issued by the IGP is silent on the End User Certificate (EUC) which is the official certification normally issued by the authorizing agency, in our case, the Gambia Police Force as provided for under the Guns and Ammunition Act of 1924. The IGP must authenticate the End User Certificate which has the stamp of the importer with a signature, assumed to be authentic.

This omission is significant because the EUC provides vital details such as the end user or importer (A. Jawara), exporter (Afrimex, Turkey), description of the goods (1,200 Br-32s and BR-33s and 50 pump action*). The purpose of these weapons, according to the EUC, is for commercial sale and 'distribution for the purpose of recreational hunting.

Mr. Jawara certify in the EUC that the rifles will be used for the purposes stated. The release did not mention the brand name of the 13 military-grade and how are they going to be disposed of, if at all. The general public would like to know from the IGP as part of the overall effort to allay the fears of a very nervous population.

Since the stated purpose of these weapons is for commercial sale, there most be a method of accounting for them through documented sales receipts that will be subject to strict inspection by state authorities. The public must also be able to access this information. It is imperative that the IGP authenticate all of the articles that has been publicly displayed including but not limited to the End User Certificate, including the stamp of the Gambia Angola and China Company and the appended signature.

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toubab1020



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Posted - 26 Mar 2019 :  21:49:27  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Momodou you are really on the ball: (Highlights from the Posting above)

"In short, 13 of the guns were found to be military grade, according to the IGP, after, he said, his office conducted a 2-month investigation employing the expertise of the various branches of the security establishment."


"Mr. Jawara certify in the EUC that the rifles will be used for the purposes stated. The release did not mention the brand name of the 13 military-grade and how are they going to be disposed of, if at all. The general public would like to know from the IGP as part of the overall effort to allay the fears of a very nervous population."



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toubab1020



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Posted - 28 Mar 2019 :  21:40:38  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I hope that Foroyaa has its finger on the pulse and maybe consider the "Silence " highlighted by Momodou by the IGP worthy of notice.

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