Witness tells court he was tied from his knees to his neck in Yankuba Badjie & co trial

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Modou Ngum has disclosed that he was tied from his knees up to his neck, blindfolded with a black wrapper with his hands tied to the back on the night of the 14th April, 2016 at the defunct NIA Headquarters in Banjul.

Modou Ngum made this disclosure yesterday whilst giving evidence as the 18th Prosecution witness in the ongoing criminal trial involving the State and Yankuba Badjie and seven others before Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara at the High Court in Banjul.

Modou Ngum testified that after Solo Sandeng and Noghoi Njie were brought back to the Banmbandinka cell were they were all kept, Kafu Bayo was taken out and whilst Kafu Bayo was being taken out he heard Kafu Bayo complained about the way his eyes were tied .

The witness told the court that he heard the people who came to take Kafu Bayo say that they are taking him to where they are going to kill him like a dog.

Explaining how he was taken out from the Bambadinka Cell, the witness said he was very fit and in good health before they came for him.

He disclosed that they came for him and lifted him but his trouser was falling from his waist as he had no belt on.

Modou Ngum said he was asked to wear his trouser properly and was blindfolded by using a black wrapper to cover his eyes his two hands were tied behind.

The witness who was in a somber mood was speaking softly as some drops of tears were streaming out of his eyes recalled that he was tied from his knees up to his neck.

Modou Ngum testified that Tamba Mansaray was among the people who tied him and whilst he was being tied Tamba Mansaray said when they die there is no need to bury them because they are playing with the government.

Asked by prosecution’s counsel, Lamin S. Camara how he knew that Tamba Mansary was among the people who tied him, the witness testified that when he was being escorted after he was blindfolded, a cell phone rang and the other person then said ‘Sir Tamba your phone is ringing and he responded that he is busy.’

Hearing continues on Monday, 19th June, 2018.

Author: Bruce Asemota