By Abdoulie John

Gambian activist Dr. Amadou Scattred Janneh was on Monday released on bail after being arrested by the Police. He was reportedly arrested while attending a burial ceremony of his uncle in the coastal village of Gunjur, about 35 km away from Banjul.

Gunjarian environmentalist Mustapha Manneh told this medium that Dr.Janneh was let go home on D500,000 bail.

“He was asked to report today to Brikama Police station at 8:30 AM,” he added. “His arrest and subsequent release has to do with the removal of Golden Lead waste pipes.”

Environmental activists and Golden Lead have been at loggerheads over coastal pollution, with activists accusing the Chinese fishing company of discharging non-treated waste water into the sea, causing health hazards and the destruction of the existing ecosystem. As a result, a group of activists led by Amadou Janneh in March this year stormed the area and removed Golden Lead’s waste pipes.

Police spokesperson Lamin Njie, who spoke to this reporter, said Dr. Janneh has been charged with wilfull destruction of properties and conspiracy to commit crime.

Njie also said Dr. Janneh was out of the country when three activists were arraigned before a court of law and charged over the removal of Golden Lead company’s pipes.


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