Legislator Fatoumatta Touma Njie has walked out of police custody after unsuccessfully attempting to remove her mum suspected of being carrier of Coronavirus from isolation centre.
Travelers arriving into the country are subjected to a mandatory quarantining at the Golden Hotel now an isolation centre for coronavirus patients.
Touma’s mum is one of those held at the aforesaid place pending completion of the 14-day isolation.
However, the female Banjul South lawmaker had wanted to use her influence to force authorities into releasing her but was refused her request prompting a stand-off, police say.
A dispatch made public by the police minutes ago said Njie barricaded the Hotel’s entrance thrice with her vehicle in dramatic efforts to coax authorities into submission culminating into her arrest.
“She did this around the hours of 1700 on Saturday 21st March 2020, but the officials didn’t budge. The following morning, she returned and acted in the same manner yet the officials refused to yield. She returned around 1700 hrs and behaved same.
“Hon. Njie’s actions are not only a breach of law but also one least expected of a lawmaker. She is currently helping police with investigations,” the police communique said.
However, she has now been released with the obstruction police charges to be dropped following negotiations by lawmakers yesterday evening.
Meanwhile, an unnamed Bangladeshi man has been declared dead today evening -Gambia’s first positive coronavirus death patient.