IGP Kinteh summoned over GFF fraud saga

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The National Assembly Select Committee on Tourism, Youth, Sports and Culture has summoned the inspector general of The Gambia Police Force, Landing Kinteh to appear before the committee on Thursday morning, The Point has been reliably informed.

IGP Kinteh, according to source familiar with the matter, is summoned in connection with a tax fraud involving The Gambia Football Federation. It is alleged that GFF suppose to pay a sum of over one million dalasis to The Gambia Revenue Authority as penalty and tax liabilities.

“The Gambia Police chief is summoned to explain before the select committee members as to why the police failed to conduct an investigation since February of 2018,” our source said.

Our source further added that the National Sport Council (NSC) earlier this year wrote to the National Assembly select committee informing them about the alleged tax fraud involving GFF.

“The select committee members advised them to write to the police hence it is about fraud. The police were asked to investigate the matter. The police started investigating the matter in February of 2018. However, to our surprise, the people responsible for the investigation were asked to stop the investigation.”

Our source further stated that when pressure was mounted on the IGP by the said select committee, IGP Kinteh told them that he has written to the Ministry of Justice to seek legal advice with regard to the matter. “So the IGP is summoned to tell the select committee members to explain why the police failed to conduct any investigation into the matter.”

It could be recalled that during a press briefing convened by NSC this year, the National Sport Council said they have investigated and confirmed with GRA that there are sufficient evidences of tax fraud involving GFF.

The NSC and the GFF have been at loggerheads since last year when the former accused Football House of corruption and maladministration, a charge the GFF vehemently denied.

Football House said the NSC chairman is a well-known opposition stakeholder, who is hiding behind his official position to witch-hunt the current leadership of the GFF.

Author: Momodou Jawo
Source: Picture: IGP Kinteh