Kafu Bayo continues testimony in NIA 9 trial

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Kafu Bayo, one of the UDP April 14, 2016, detainees yesterday continued his evidence-in-chief before Presiding Judge Kumba Sillah-Camara at the High Court in Banjul in the ongoing criminal case involving the State and nine former officials of the NIA.

Kafu Bayo testified that upon their arrival at the NIA headquarters in Banjul, they sat and their photographs were taken and then led to a room where they were searched and his money and his mobile phone were taken.

The witness said though he cannot specifically tell the amount that was taken but it was more than a thousand dalasis.

Kafu Bayo disclosed that after the search and the seizure of his phone and money he was again taken to another room together with Ebrima Jabang, Modou Ngum where they were interrogated and their statements were obtained.

Kafu Bayo said questions like what is their motive for staging the protest and he told the court that they replied that they wanted the country to be free.

Kafu Bayo testified that whilst they were being interrogated, he heard Solo Sandeng crying saying; ‘you are killing me and Noghoi Njie also crying.

The witness told the court that after their statements were obtained they were placed inside a cell and after a while Solo Sandeng was brought into the cell.

Describing Solo Sandeng’s condition at the time, Kafu Bayo disclosed that Solo Sandeng was bleeding from his body and groaning.

“We were thinking of getting water but we couldn’t get him water,” he stated.

The witness told the court that after Solo Sandeng was brought, some moments later, Noghoi Njie was also brought into the cell and her body was swollen and she was crying because of the beatings.

He testified that they attempted to talk to her but she was unable to reply because she was tired.

Kafu Bayo told the court that whilst they were preoccupied with the condition of Solo Sandeng and Noghoi Njie, he heard a knock on the cell door and heard his name called, Kafu Bayo.

”I got up and answered,” he concluded his testimony for yesterday’s sitting.

Hearing continues today at 12 Midday.

It could be recalled that the nine accused persons; Yankuba Badjie, Louie Richard Gomez, Sheikh Omar Jeng, Babucarr Sallah, Yusupha Jammeh, Haruna Susso, Tamba Mansaray, Lamin Darboe and Lamin Lang Sanyang are indicted wit 26 counts including conspiracy to murder, murder, assault causing grievous bodily harm, making false document without proper authority amongst others. 

Author: Bruce Asemota