By: Suma Jadama/, The Gambia

As part of measures to curb COVID-19 and decongest prisons, His Excellency President Adama Barrow, in exercise of his Prerogative of Mercy, has immediately pardoned some 115 prisoners.

Seventy-eight (78) of those inmates are from the Mile 2 Central Prison in Banjul, twenty four (24) from Jeshwang prison within the Kanifing Municipality and thirteen (13) from Janjangbureh Prison in the Central River Region (CRR).

Ever since his coming to power in January 2017, President Barrow has consistently granted amnesty to prisoners. Soon after assuming office Barrow in a magnanimous gesture emptied Mile Prisons of all political detainees and prisoners some of whom were languishing behind the prison walls for decades without court appearance.

“In the same spirit of caring for Gambians at home and abroad as well as non-Gambians resident in the country, President Barrow plans to unveil more COVID-19 relief programmes for citizens of The Gambia this weekend onwards” says Mr. Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu, the Senior Information Officer, in the Gambian Government.

The Gambia is one of the least hit countries in sub-Sahara Africa with the coronavirus. As at 25th April, 2020, the total confirmed cases of the pandemic stands at 10, the total recoveries are eight (8), number of deaths is one (1) and the total tests conducted are 401.

West Africa’s most impacted cases as of 24th April, 2020 include:

Ghana – 1,279

Ivory Coast – 1,004

Nigeria – 981

Guinea – 862

Niger – 671

Burkina Faso – 616

Senegal – 545


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