A Yundum man, who was detained for insulting president Adama Barrow, on the social media app whatsapp, has been released from state custody, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Mr. Omar Sanneh, a former soldier, and a native of Foni, was released late Tuesday evening. He has since reunited with his family.
Mr. Sanneh, is a relative of the former president Yahya Jammeh. He was visiting his family in Kanilai, when he got arrested by the personnel of the police intervention unit (PIU). He was accused of insulting president Barrow, and also taking part in the recent Kanilai protest. Magistrate Omar Cham of the Brikama magistrates court presided over his bail application this past week.
As soon as he regained his freedom, Mr. Sanneh took onto Whatsapp to thank his followers, colleagues in the forum and family members for standing by him during his detention by the Gambian state.
“I have been released. I am finally a freeman. I want to thank all the forum members, followers and my family. I returned home in good health. Nothing happen to me. I am the least intimidated by my arrest and detention. I fear only God. I believe in God, and nobody can inflict harm or do anything to me without God’s sanctioning,” he said.
Mr. Sanneh reaffirmed his commitment to support the APRC and the exiled president Yahya Jammeh.
“My support for the APRC and Yahya Jammeh, has tripled. There is no turning back. I will continue to speak my mind on issues of national interest. No one can stop me from exercising my civic rights. I am not commenting on private issues. My comments centered on issues regarding the country,” he said.
Mr. Sanneh called out the members of their whatsapp forum by name, while thanking them. He kept emphasizing his gallantry and bravery. He thanked Yahya Jammeh for spreading Islam in the Gambia.
“I am not afraid of anything. Belai, wali tali. I am not afraid of any human being. People who knows me will tell you that I am not a coward. I only fear God, the almighty. No one can take anyone to jail without God’s approval. If I had loved Yahya Jammeh 100%, then today my support and love for him is 1000%,” he said.