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Power struggle continues to grip the police headquarters in the wake of the unfortunate demise of the force’s Inspector General of police, the late Mamour Jobe, Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Names of Jobe’s successor have started popping up. The current Deputy Inspector General of police Abdoulie Sanyang, Assistant Inspector General of police and Crime Coordinator Demba Sowe, Landing Bojang, the AIG for police operations, and Essa Badjie, the former IGP, who is currently serving as officer commanding for the Upper River Region (URR) are among some of the names shortlisted for the job. There are outsiders, who are also lobbying to be hired IGP.

IGP Mamour Jobe died this past weekend amid a brief illness. He was buried on Sunday.

According to sources, different names of officers are being forwarded to the State House for possible consideration for the position of IGP. Our sources also said some of the senior echelon of the forces have also been lobbying to be hired to fill the vacant IGP position.

“Some of the senior officers are lobbying officials at the State House, so that the President could appoint them IGP. There is power struggle here. Even before the burial of the late Mamour Jobe, some of them started lobbying to be hired,” said a source close to the State House.

DIG Abdoulie Sanyang is currently overseeing the vacant position, pending the appointment of a new successor. Sanyang had over two-decades service with the force.

“We do not need an IGP, who would use his position to crucify officers that he doesn’t like. One of those lobbying for the post, has complied a list of officers that he has blacklisted, he is vowing that he is going to transfer the blacklisted officers to the rural areas if he is appointed. A good leader shouldn’t harbor grudge against his subordinates. There is panic at the police headquarters. There is this officer, if appointed, he would retaliate against officers that he doesn’t like,” said a retiree.

Meanwhile, panic and anxiety continue to grip certain officers. They are increasingly worried. They are not sure if the upcoming new IGP would spare them.

The IGP is mandated by law to promote and transfer officers serving in the force. Some officers would prefer to be stationed in the Greater Banjul Area than to be transferred upcountry.