By Buba Gagigo
The Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) has urged President Adama Barrow to review the agreement that led to the stationing in Foni, of the Senegalese Troops in the ECOMIG mission.
“We want to urge the President H.E Adama Barrow to treat the incident with urgency to restore peace and tranquillity in the region and review the agreement that led to the Senegalese troops stationed in Foni and the Gambia Government. We want to assure the people of Foni and Gambians at large of our unflinching support at all times. May we attain lasting peace and security in our homeland,” the former ruling party which backed President Barrow’s re-election in the December election said in a dispatch on dated 28th January 2022,
The party also extended condolences to the families, which lost their loved ones during the incident.
“Under the leadership of The Right Hon. Fabakary Tombong Jatta, together with his National Executive Committee wishes to extend our deepest sympathy to the people of Foni and satellite villages during the recent exchange of gunfire between the (Senegalese) troops stationed in Foni, and the MFDC separatist rebels in Casamance when Senegalese forces pursued a vehicle believed to be carrying logs crossed the border into the Southern Region of Senegal seeking for sanctuary.
“The Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction APRC through our NAM for Foni Kansala Hon. Musa Amul Nyassi learnt that some villagers fled for safety after being terrified by sporadic exchange of bullets by both forces. In the same vein, we are extending our heartfelt condolences to the families of the soldiers and any loss of lives caused by the unfortunate incident. We wish speedy recoveries to those injured and we pray for the departed souls to attain eternal peace and be granted Jannah,” the dispatch added.
The APRC statement followed an exchange of reported gunfire between the Senegalese troops in the ECOMIG mission and the MFDC separatist rebels in Casamance, the southern region of Senegal over ‘illegal’ importation of logs into the Gambia by the separatists on Monday in the Foni. The incident led to casualties on both sides, nine Senegalese soldiers missing who are believed to have been taken hostage by the separatists, and some residents in the nearby villages fled.