‘I took inventories of Solo Sandeng things, including D2,556’

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

One Mbemba Camara, security personnel at the State Intelligence Service (SIS) has disclosed that he specifically took inventories of the late Solo Sandeng’s belongings on April 14, 2016, at the premises of the defunct NIA now SIS Headquarters at Marina Parade in Banjul.

Mbemba Camara made these revelations yesterday before Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara whilst giving evidence-in-chief as the 13th prosecution witness in the ongoing criminal trial involving the State against nine former NIA officials.

The accused persons: Yankuba Badjie, Louie Richard Leese Gomez, Saihou Omar Jeng, Babucarr Sallah, Yusupha Jammeh, Haruna Susso, Tamba Mansary, Lamin Darboe and Lamin Lang Sanyang are charged with 26 counts including conspiracy to murder, murder, assault causing grievous bodily harm, making false document without proper authority, abduction amongst others.

The witness recalled that on April 14, 2016, he was the shift leader in charge of the security at the main gate and at about 5-6 p.m., some UDP detainees were brought by PIU officials in a pick-up van.

The witness revealed that the detainees including Solo Sandeng, Noghoi Njie, Fatoumatta Jawara, Fatou Camara, Kafu Bayo Modou Ngum and Ebrima Jabang were screened at the main gate of the then NIA.

He disclosed that after the screening exercise, the detainees’ inventories were obtained and were then taken inside by Babucarr Sallah (3rd accused) and Tamba Mansary (7th accused).

Mbemba Camara told the court that as for Solo Sandeng, his ring, Chinese metholatum, chewing stick and the sum of D2,556 was recovered from him.

The witness said the screening of the detainees didn’t take much time and after the screening exercised they were taken inside and brought back between 11:00 and 12:00 midnight.

Describing their condition after their return, the witness told the court that Solo Sandeng looked so tired and feeling pain, noting that it was difficult for him to walk.

The witness revealed that Noghoi Njie’s body was full of bruises, tired and couldn’t walk so also was Fatoumatta Jawara who looked tired, adding that they were assisted by one Lamin Bojang alias Kambada.

He stated that Fatou Camara, Kafu Bayo and Modou Ngum were tired but not as Noghoi Njie and Fatoumatta Jawara.

  Hearing continues today at 1:00 p.m.

Author: Bruce Asemota