Witness says he participated in killing Baba Jobe

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Another ‘jungler’, Pa Ousman Sanneh, who testified before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) on Tuesday disclosed to the commissioners that he participated in the killing of Baba Jobe and the arrest of Ndure Cham.

He said at the day of the operation, he and the jungler group drove to Royal Victoria Hospital in Banjul, with some going through the back gate, while he and Omar A. Jallow went through the main gate.

“When the soldiers entered the hospital, Omar A. Jallow went to show them the block where Baba Jobe was and I remained at the gate.”

At this juncture, the lead counsel, Essa Faal said the witness was not giving true testimony on how the operation was done.

The witness also explained how some victims were killed on November 10 and 11, 1994. He said Bakary Manneh, Abdoulie Jallow, Buba Jallow and Gibriel Sai were detained and later taken out from the cell he was mounting.

“The vice chairman Sana Sabally ordered them to be taken out of the cell and they were killed. I was also told to bring E.M. Ceesay and Basiru Camara from the cells, as I handed over them to Sana and the other soldiers, and went back, I heard a shot and I believe they were killed. I was later informed by Buba Jallow that they were buried behind the cook house.”

On Ndure Cham’s arrest, the witness said they were led by his orderly Johnson to his cashew farm in Farafenni. He said they collected him from Farafenni and brought him to NIA at Tanji. During his detention at Tanji, he said, Saul Sambou tortured him.

He said he later heard from his colleagues during the impasse that Ndure was killed.

Author: Pa Modou Cham
Source: Picture: Pa Ousman Sanneh