The police in Gambia have arrested a Sierra Leonean national in connection to the murder of a 60-year-old British citizen, Shakina Chinedu who was killed a few days ago.

Chinedu, who had been living in The Gambia since 2017, was mysteriously found dead in a toilet drain of an uncompleted building in Madina Alagie a village near Mamuda in Kombo South.

According to the police, the suspect, aged between 20 and 30 years, was arrested on Saturday, February 17, 2024.  The suspect has confessed to killing the woman and material evidence such as a pistol, hammer, spade, money, and keys among others, have been recovered from the suspect.

The suspect admitted to using the hammer to strike Chinedu in the back of the neck and then burying her in a toilet drain.

Following the murder, the suspect stole various items from Chinedu, including money, laptops, a handbag, and keys. The police emphasized that the suspect’s arrest was aided by the recovery of these stolen items.

In a related update, two suspects, a Gambian and another Sierra Leonean, were arrested and charged in connection with a robbery in Fajara that occurred the previous week. The police noted that a significant number of crimes in the country are committed by foreign nationals, highlighting a concerning trend.

According to the police, a substantial number of crimes in the country as per their records are committed by foreign nationals.

“We should not be saying this but most of these crimes are committed by foreign nationals in the country. The idea of such crimes is imported too,” a senior police officer said.