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Gambian Lawmaker Could Face Court for Trying to Remove Mum from Coronavirus Isolation Centre

Legislator Fatoumatta Touma Njie could face court action for attempting to remove her mum suspected of being a 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.

Photo: Gambia registered a first case of coronavirus death

On three separate occasions, Hon. Njie went to the hotel, where she subjected the health and security officials to verbal abuse. Added to that, she used her vehicle to barricade the entrance to the hotel obstructing everyone from entering or leaving the premises.

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.

Meanwhile, an unnamed Bangladeshi man has been declared dead today evening -Gambia’s first positive coronavirus death patient.

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