Almamy Taal to sue gov’t over wrongful dismissal

Monday, January 07, 2019

The former High Court judge and legal officer for the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) Almamy Fanding Taal has said that he will file a law suit against the government of The Gambia over the alleged illegal termination of his service at the OIC Secretariat.

Mr. Taal was axed on Friday 28 December 2018, by President Adama Barrow through the secretary general as legal officer at OIC. No reason (s) was given for his sacking.

Mr. Taal told Fatu Network that they will go to the places where they will peacefully resolve this dispute, noting that they are going to file legal processes in the courts of The Gambia by Monday.

“We will go to the places where you peacefully resolve your dispute. We are going to file legal process in the courts of The Gambia by Monday In-sha-Allah,” he said.

He said this on Friday after armed police officers garrisoned at the Organisation of Islamic Conference national secretariat office at Petroleum House, Brusubi. The men who were believed to be acting on orders from the Inspector General of Police were asked not to allow Mr. Taal to enter the OIC premises.

Mr. Taal said that he spoke with the IGP and told him that his rights were abused by deploying the officers to prevent him from entering the OIC premises.

“I spoke with the IGP. I told him that it was abuse of power by him by deploying the officers. He should have known better. He is a student of mine at the University and the law is here for all. So for them to deploy officers for personal political agenda is unfortunate,” he said.

“I have been advised by my lawyers not to engage in any push and pull. That is why I didn’t go to work today,” he said.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara