Kalilu Bayo taken to task by Janneh Commission

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Kalilu Bayo, the former secretary general at the Office of the former President Yahya Jammeh, was yesterday taken to task by the Janneh Commission.

In his testimony, he told the commission that he is a retired civil servant and an independent researcher.

He adduced that in 1997, he started with the Ministry of Economic Planning.

He said he also worked with the former president, Sir Dawda Jawara.

He was reminded that he became a signatory to some accounts as secretary general.

Mr. Bayo posited that he was asked to sign some certain accounts, further noting that he was not comfortable because he had no knowledge about the accounts.

He said there were some officials who were signatories to some accounts.

He was then shown a document which was brought earlier to the commission by Nuha Touray, and was asked to confirm whether he had signed it.

He confirmed that he signed the document.

It was also put to him that he had approved the withdrawal of $100,000 and paid to Sanna Jarju.

He argued that the date on the letter directing him to sign for the withdrawal of the said money was not correct, but he endorsed his signature on the document.

It was again put to him that he did not realise that the date was wrong and yet he signed it.

He said he remembered Sanna Jarju coming into his office for the withdrawal of the $100,000, which was meant for the former president’s trip, adding that he could not tell the former president that he could not use such an amount of money to travel.

Mr. Bayo stated that he had no choice because the former president had already made a directive for the withdrawal of the money.

He was at this juncture reminded that he signed for the withdrawal of €150,000, $200,000 and €65,000 respectively.

He was then asked the purpose of paying €150,000, but he said he did not know, adding that it was a transfer.

Asked about the $200,000 paid to Sanna Jarju, he confirmed that he signed for the payment, further noting that the purpose was for a trip.

Mr. Bayo also confirmed that he endorsed his signature for the payment of €65,000 to Sanna Jarju.

Author: Dawda Faye
Source: Picture: The Janneh Commission