Landing Kinteh has been appointed as The Gambia’s new Inspector General of Police, a police spokesman confirmed to APA on Thursday.Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Foday Conta said Kinteh is taking over from Jammeh-era IGP Yankuba Sonko with immediate effect although he would only report to work after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Former police commissioner at the Police Training School, Mamour Jobe has been appointed as Kinteh’s deputy.
Until his appointment as IGP, Landing Kinteh has been serving at the African Union and United Nations hybrid peacekeeping mission in the restive Sudanese region of Darfur.
He had reportedly abandoned his UN contract in Sudan to return and work in The Gambia.
IGP Kinteh who has a Master’s degree in Law from the Dan Fodio University in Nigeria had served as police prosecutor in Gambia for several years.
Sonko joined The Gambia Police Force in 1982 and was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 1984, and to Cadet Officer in 1988.
He studied at the Nigerian Police Training School in 1990, and, upon his return in 1991, helped form the Police Intervention Unit (PIU).