Mr.Sidibeh on his hospital bed
By Saikou Ceesay
A group of military men Wednesday unleashed a severe beating on Demba Sidibeh of Bakau New Town, sending him to coma for almost six hours, The Daily News has gathered.
At press time, Demba, 25, alias Pa boy was receiving treatment at the country's main referral hospital, Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital in Banjul, the capital. Sources there confirmed that he was responding to treatment, but his condition remained critical.
The military personnel, about ten of them, clamped down on the 25-year-old-civilian at his residence, several witnesses to the incident confirmed to this paper.
"He was beaten until he fell and fainted," Seedy Kanyi, a civil servant and a family relative of this victim of yet another torture incident. "This is painful," tearful Mr Kanyi managed to mournfully say between sobs.
Eye witnesses say the saga came about as the group of military men chased two teenagers into the victim's compound. The teenagers are believed to be among the football fans that heckled and stoned at The Gambia's senior national team players, following a 2-1 defeat at home to Algeria in the African Nations Cup preliminary qualifiers.
And when Mr Sidibeh queried their action, the military men descended on him and repeatedly hit him with baton.
The auto mechanic student at The Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) was rushed to Serrekunda hospital and later referred to RVTH where he was admitted at the emergency unit.
The 25-year-old man could not still utter a word at press time, nor could he stand on his feet, but has recovered from unconsciousness, his family has confirmed.
Lt.Bekai Sidibeh, a military police has visited Demba Sidibeh at the hospital. He assured the family of the victim that the military men responsible would face justice.
The army spokesperson, 2nd Lt. Babucarr Jarjue, was contacted to shed light on the issue, but he claimed to be busy. He promised to contact this reporter, which was not done at the time of going to press.