#Article (Archive)

Allegations ‘all false’, says ex-army Lt. Col.

May 29, 2012, 1:22 PM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

Lt. Col Mam Matarr Secka has told the Special Criminal Court in Banjul that the allegations against him are “all false”.

He was testifying yesterday in the case involving former police chief Ensa Badjie, Secka who was the former army transport commander and officer overseeing the military police unit, and Major Kuluteh Manneh.

Continuing his defence testimony, Mam Matarr Secka told the court that after the investigation into their case, none at the NIA panel informed them about the allegations against them.

Even the recorder of his statement has stated in court that there was no complaint against him and, therefore, the allegations against him were all false, he went on.

Secka added that he had never told anyone that he was engaged by the President to sell drugs for him, further denying the allegation that he told the members of the public that he sells drugs for the President.

Designated as defence witness two (DW2), the ex-GNA officer told the court that the three of them had never sat together prior to this case.

He denied the allegation that he had received  D300,000 from Omar Ndaw, and said Omar Ndaw had stated in court that he had never given him any money, and that he (Secka) had no interaction with Omar Ndaw.

Mam Matarr further adduced that he never knew Aron David Wright, much more to receive money from him, as alleged by the prosecutor.

The witness added that one Ikemafuna had never testified in this court, and he (Secka) had never lied to receive money from anybody.

“I served the force for 28 years in active service without a complaint against me. If this allegation was true, I would not have surrendered myself to the NIA,” he stated.

He added that this was a big surprise to him, further adducing that he (Secka) trained the first batch of the Gambia army, and had served in many places including Liberia, under ECOWAS in Sierra Leone, as a peacekeeper and in Sudan under the UN.

“In these missions, I was decorated and also decorated in Senegal too. I was surprised to see myself in this situation,” he told the court, adding that this was a sad situation, and that some people wanted to see them in this situation.

The witness invited the court to go to his bank and confirm whether the amount of money alleged by the prosecutor was there, and also to confirm whether he had a transaction with those the prosecutors alleged he was having transactions with.

The prosecutor cannot bring anybody from this country who will point a finger at me, who will say that I told him that the President engaged me in selling drugs, Secka continued.

The case continues on 4th June 2012, for cross-examination.