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Momodou



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Posted - 11 Jan 2019 :  22:05:47  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
“These are arms shipments reportedly intercepted by the authorities at the Banjul ports on Thursday 10th January 2019 is designated for GACH security company.
As you all may recall this is the same GACH company currently mining our Black sand at Sanyang, for export to China, Owned by one Abubacarr Jawara.
The same man also owns the GACH tomato paste factory.
Now he’s apparently into security, with these weapons addressed to the named security company.”

Source: FB


PRESS RELEASE

11th January 2019

The Office of the Inspector General of Police wishes to inform the general public that GACH SECURITY LIMITED situated at Fatou’s Gold Plaza, Bertil Harding Highway, Kanifing, The Gambia, applied for Gun Importation License in accordance with the Arms and Ammunitions Act to enable them import single barrel rifles for hunting and recreational purposes in The Gambia.

On arrival at the Banjul Seaport on Wednesday the 9th January, the shipment was subjected to routine security checks for the purpose of verification by security agents stationed at the Seaport. It was discovered that 38 of the guns were not the type authorised for importation as indicated on the packing list.

These guns are impounded by the Police and an investigation panel, consisting of personnel of the Gambia Police Force, State Intelligence Service and Gambia Armed Forces have been instituted to look into the circumstances surrounding the matter as to whether these are categories of hunting guns as claimed by the importer.

As the State Authority responsible for the granting of license under Arms and Ammunitions Act of the Gambia, the Office of the Inspector General of Police assures the general public that it will ensure national security is not compromised.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Inspector General of Police thanks the security agents for their diligence and professionalism.

ASP LAMIN NJIE
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR:INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE

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Momodou



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Posted - 11 Jan 2019 :  22:10:49  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
BREAKING: Gambia Police Open Investigation into 1,263 Seized Rifles

http://fatunetwork.net/breaking-gambia-police-open-investigation-into-1263-seized-rifles/



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toubab1020



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Posted - 11 Jan 2019 :  22:58:58  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY THREE RIFLES,seems to me to be a great many FIREARMS to be in the hands of ONE MAN.
Personally I am certain that the GAMBIAN POLICE will investigate this matter with the greatest of care.

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Originally posted by Momodou

BREAKING: Gambia Police Open Investigation into 1,263 Seized Rifles

http://fatunetwork.net/breaking-gambia-police-open-investigation-into-1263-seized-rifles/



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Momodou



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Posted - 13 Jan 2019 :  21:12:50  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Only a fool will believe this press release from this company, see below:

GACH Security Sheds Light On Importation Of Guns, Says They Are Cooperating Fully with Authorities
By A Correspondent - January 12, 2019


http://fatunetwork.net/gach-security-sheds-light-on-importation-of-guns-says-they-are-cooperating-fully-with-authorities/

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Momodou



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Posted - 13 Jan 2019 :  21:21:47  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The recent shipment of deadly arms and ammunition into the country has raised alarms in the country, as well as the sub-region and other agencies whose work it is to monitor the trafficking in arms and humans, regionally and across the globe.

Read the rest here:
Sunday, January 13, 2019
The consignment of arms imported by Abubacarr Jawara are deadly semi-automatic rifles, the pistols are real, not "blanks", as claimed

https://sidisanneh.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-consignment-of-arms-imported-by.html

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toubab1020



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Posted - 14 Jan 2019 :  16:44:47  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Monday, January 14, 2019

The GACH Security Ltd. situated at Fatou’s Gold Plaza, Bertil Harding Highway, Kanifing, has applied for Gun Importation Licence in accordance with the Arms and Ammunitions Act to enable them import single barrel rifles for hunting and recreational purposes in The Gambia, according to Office of the Inspector General of Police.

On arrival at the Banjul Seaport on Wednesday the 9th January, the shipment was subjected to routine security checks for the purpose of verification by security agents stationed at the seaport. It was discovered that 38 of the guns were not the type authorised for importation as indicated on the packing list.

These guns are impounded by the Police and an investigation panel, consisting of personnel of the Gambia Police Force, State Intelligence Service and Gambia Armed Forces have been instituted to look into the circumstances surrounding the matter as to whether these are categories of hunting guns as claimed by the importer.

As the State Authority responsible for the granting of license under Arms and Ammunitions Act of The Gambia, the Office of the Inspector General of Police assures the general public that it will ensure national security is not compromised.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Inspector General of Police thanks the security agents for their diligence and professionalism.

In a similar vein, GACH Security has equally reacted saying:

“Our attention has been drawn to reports doing media rounds of the interception by The Police of a container of firearms at the seaport. Being the company at the center of these reports, we deem it necessary to release this statement to shed light on events that are the subject of this report.

GACH Security is a duly registered company under the Laws of The Gambia, with the objective to provide private security for businesses and private households as well as deal in the sale of hunting and recreational firearms.

It would be recalled that for the past 9 decades the importation of firearms for hunting and recreational purposes has been regulated by the Arms and Ammunition Act CAP 21.01 of 1924. Under this Act, holders of a valid firearm import license may import certain categories of light firearms for the purpose of hunting and recreation. In deed at various times, various businesses and individuals have held such licenses and have legally imported hunting guns for especially in the regions “provinces”, where wild hog (pig) hunting is very common and widely practised, and also by farmers in scaring away large animals from destroying their groundnut and rice fields.

Having seen a demand for these hunting and recreational hunting, and with the knowledge that a scarcity of well-regulated hunting guns might lead to the smuggling and illegal ownership of guns from neighboring countries, we applied for a License to import firearms and ammunition. Having gone through a strict vetting process and having met the conditions, a license was granted on the 28th of September 2018.

We placed our first order of hunting guns following the legal process and submitted all relevant documents to customs authorities to facilitate the clearance of the hunting guns. Throughout this process we were transparent and no aspect of the importation process was shrouded in secrecy. If we had any sinister motives we would not have opted to use the Banjul Port knowing fully well of the high-Tech Scanning Machines and effective inspection measures put in place by the Gambia Customs.

The misunderstanding which is at the heart of this whole saga is that free samples were included in the shipment should we intend to place an order for such in the near future. These free samples included the following;

- Blank Pistols which are typically sold in sports and recreational shops. They utilise blank ammunition which only makes a loud bang and does not have the ability to cause any harm. They are used by farmers to scare away animals and hippopotamus from destroying cash crops, due to the loud sound they make. They are also widely used in cinematic productions. These pistols which can be googled are safe and can cause no harm.

- The other category of weapons is hunting guns which use the regular hunting bullets with scatter pellets as opposed to a single brass or metal bullets. The misunderstanding came from the fact that these weapons are shaped like Assault rifles, but are indeed regular hunting guns using regular hunting bullets. A google search comparison of “Mezzanine Fed Shotgun” as opposed to “Assault Rifle” will shed more light on the physical similarities but stark functional differences.

We have informed the authorities of this and submitted all necessary documentation to support our assertion. These free samples shipped without any ammunition were not meant for sale or use but merely as samples should we be interested in placing future orders.

In light of the above and being the responsible thing to do, GACH SECURITY wishes to take this opportunity to profusely apologize to the general public and the authorities for the alarm that this misunderstanding may have caused. We are well mindful of the current security situation coming out of such a trying period in our history as a nation and assure the public that our actions were not in any way meant to disrupt public peace and tranquility.

We take this opportunity to applaud our able men and women of the Security Forces, the Gambian Police, the SIS and the Army for the swift and diligent way in which they are conducting their investigations. Their professionalism and swiftness in discovering this anomaly is an assurance that the security and peace of this nation is guaranteed.

In the meantime, are cooperating fully with the Authorities as they continue their investigations into this matter and remain available to clarify any concerns that the public might have. We pledge to continue acting as we have always done in line with the Laws in force. We thank the public for the kind attention.”

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/police-shed-light-over-intercepted-guns

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toubab1020



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Posted - 15 Jan 2019 :  16:55:47  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
GACH office clarifies in the statement reacting to reports circulating in both local and international media concerning interception of a ship load of Arms and ammunition said to have being their order. Below is the reactions:
Our attention has been drawn to reports going round of the interception by The Police of a container of firearms at the Seaport. Being the company at the centre of these reports, we deem it necessary to release this statement to shed light on events that are the subject of this report.
GACH Security is a duly registered company under the Laws of The Gambia, with the objective to provide private security for businesses and private households as well as deal in the sale of hunting and recreational firearms.
It would be recalled that for the past 9 decades the importation of firearms for hunting and recreational purposes has been regulated by the Arms and Ammunition Act CAP 21.01 of 1924. Under this Act holders of a valid firearm import license may import certain categories of light firearms for the purpose of hunting and recreation. In deed at various times, various businesses and individuals have held such licenses and have legally imported hunting guns for especially in the regions “provinces”, where wild hog (pig) hunting is very common and widely practiced, and also by farmers in scaring away large animals from destroying their groundnut and rice fields.
Having seen a demand for these hunting and recreational hunting, and with the knowledge that a scarcity of well-regulated hunting guns might lead to the smuggling and illegal ownership of guns from neighboring countries, we applied for a License to import firearms and ammunition. Having gone through a strict vetting process and having met the conditions, a license was granted on the 28th of September 2018.
We placed our first order of hunting guns following the legal process and submitted all relevant documents to customs authorities to facilitate the clearance of the hunting guns. Throughout this process we were transparent and no aspect of the importation process was shrouded in secrecy. If we had any sinister motives we would not have opted to use the Banjul Port knowing fully well of the high-Tech Scanning Machines and effective inspection measures put in place by the Gambia Customs.
The misunderstanding which is at the heart of this whole saga is that free samples were included in the shipment should we intend to place and order for such in the near future. These free samples included the following;
– Blank Pistols which are typically sold in sports and recreational shops. They utilize a blank ammunition which only makes a loud bang and does not have the ability to cause any harm. They are used by farmers to scare away animals and hippopotamus from destroying cash crops, due to the loud sound they make. They are also widely used in cinematic productions. These pistols which can be googled are safe and can cause no harm.
– The other category of weapons are hunting guns which use the regular hunting bullets with scatter pellets as opposed to a single brass or metal bullets. The misunderstanding came from the fact these weapons are shaped like Assault rifles, but are indeed regular hunting guns using regular hunting bullets. A google search comparison of “Mezzanine Fed Shotgun” as opposed to “Assault Rifle” will shed more light on the physical similarities but stark functional differences.
We have informed the authorities of this and submitted all necessary documentation to support our assertion. These free samples shipped without any ammunition were not meant for sale or use but merely as samples should we be interested in placing future orders.
In light of the above and being the responsible thing to do, GACH SECURITY wishes to take this opportunity to profusely apologize to the general public and the authorities for the alarm that this misunderstanding may have caused. We are well mindful of the current security situation coming out of such a trying period in our history as a nation and assure the public that our actions were not in any way meant to disrupt public peace and tranquillity.
We take this opportunity to applaud our able men and women of the Security Forces, the Gambian Police, the SIS and the Army for the swift and diligent way in which they are conducting their investigations. Their professionalism and swiftness in discovering this anomaly is an assurance that the security and peace of this nation is guaranteed.
In the meantime, are cooperating fully with the Authorities as the continue their investigations into this matter and remain available to clarify any concerns that the public might have. We pledge to continue acting as we have always done in line with the Laws in force. We thank the public for your kind attention. Any questions from the Press may be directed to: gachsec@publicist.com.
Thanks

Public Relations Department.

http://dailynewsgm.com/gach-security-shed-light-on-importation-of-guns-into-the-gambia/

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