Negotiators defuse tension in Tallinding- Ahmadi standoff

Bakary Badgie, deputy alkalo of Tallinding                                                      Bakary Badgie, deputy alkalo of Tallinding

 

The tension which erupted between the Ahmadis and the people of Tallinding over the burial of their corpse at the cemetery has defused, torchongambia has gathered.

This site was informed that the both parties in conflict had met over the issues at the Tallinding Police station near the school at 5pm, Tuesday September 1.

The alkalo of Tallinding is said to be sick and his brother, the deputy alkalo, Bakary Badgie, who is leading the negotiation on behalf of the people of Tallinding said both the police and the Supreme Islamic Council have said they were the right party.

He said they (Tallinding) will be contented with whatever verdict the Supreme Islamic Council and the police issued.

“When we met at the Tallinding police station, we were told by both the police and the Supreme Islamic Council that we were right. This happened in their (Ahmadis) presence and they were told that they should not have done what they did because we are not in the same religion,” he said.

“As it stance now, both the Supreme Islamic Council and the police have asked us to calm down and wait for their final verdict on the issue. We are content with that and even if we are asked to forget about it, we would not mind but they knew that we were right. We will be content with whatever decision the Supreme Islamic Council comes up with.”

However, the president of the Supreme Islamic Council has decline to comment on the issue saying they (SIC) have not yet contact the parties in the fracas to brief them on their final verdict.

“We cannot say a word about this issue. We have some relevant contacts to make and of course brief both parties before we could tell journalists anything,” he said.

Meanwhile, the third deputy Amir of the Jama’at, Alahagie Ebrahima Mbowe, has confirmed that they were invited to meet and discuss the stand-off at the Tallinding police station but added that he could not attend due to other engagements.

He said their delegation to the negotiation at the police station was led by Saihou Omar Dibba but The Standard could not reach Omar, as at press time, for comment.

However, third deputy Amir of the Jama’at said despite his “busy schedule” that prevented him from attending the negotiation, he has again seen Mayor Yankuba Colley over the issue who has promised them that everything will be properly handled.

“I had the message that we were supposed to meet at the Tallinding police station to discuss the issue but I could not attend because of other engagements. Nevertheless, we sent Saihou Omar Dibba to lead our delegation to the negotiation,” Mbowe said.

“But I also went to Mayor Yankuba Colley to explain to him that we were asked to answer to the police station where we will meet the Alkalo and his delegation and some members of the Supreme Islamic Council. The mayor told me that everything will be properly handled and that we may go about our businesses.”

On Sunday, mainstream Muslims in Tallinding in the Kanifing Municipality have demanded exhumation of an Ahmadi who was buried at the town’s cemetery.

The row erupted after Ahmadis buried their dead at the cemetery without, according to the deputy alkalo of Tallinding, the knowledge of the chief imam, town elders and the alkalo.

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