Wednesday, October 12, 2011

ALERT: Police Grill GPU Executive Director

Mr Alota (L), M Njie (R) were pickedup in June (Pix: Dailynews)
In a brief media statement, the GPU said Mr Aloa Ahmed Alota, Executive Director of The Gambia Press Union (GPU) was on Friday afternoon invited by police for questioning at the police headquarters in Banjul.

"He was subjected to questioning over the allege abscond of Nanama Keita, the former Sports Editor of the Daily Observer Newspaper, who is standing trial for allegedly giving false information to a public officer," the GPU Secretary General, Gibairu Janneh wrote.

On June 27, 2011, Mr Alota was detained overnight at the police intervention unit in Kanifing and grilled on what media reports said was "his relation with GPU's former president Ndey Tapha Sosseh and the pressure group Coalition for Change The Gambia."
His release was shortly followed by the picking up and grilling of the 1st secretary general of the GPU, Mr Madi Njie on July 1, 2011, on "suspicion by the police" that he may have written an ALERT about Alota's arrest published on the website of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA).

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