Police chief Momar Jobe

The ministry of Interior has warned Operation Three Years Jotna against breaking the Public Order Act after the group was denied a protest permit.

Last month the anti-Barrow pressure group ‘Operation Three Years Jotna’ staged a protest demanding that President Adama Barrow should honour his election promise and step down from office.

The group was on Monday denied a permit to stage another protest scheduled for January 19.

The pressure group however insisted that they will go ahead with the planned protest even without a permit.

But the ministry of Interior in a press release today warned the group against breaking the Public Order Act.

According to the release: “following the decision of the Inspector General of Police to withhold the issuance of peaceful protest permit to Operation Three Years Jotna, the minister of Interior as parent ministry hereby affirms the IGP’s position accordingly. This is based on the security complex against the Public Order Act and safety concerns.

“Therefore, a violation of the position of the IGP by any person(s) shall be deemed as flagrant violation of the constitution and Public Order Act, and direct affront to the peace, security and safety as well as the economic well-being of the Gambia and its people,” the release added.

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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