Oct 27, 2008, 6:20 AM
Mr. Benedict Jammeh, the former Inspector General of Police, has been appointed as the Executive Director of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA), according to reliable official sources. Our sources said the appointment took effect on Thursday.
Benedict Jammeh, 53, described as an elite officer of great repute, holds two solid degrees - a BA in History and LLB honours.
He joined the defunct Field Force in 1980, where he served until 1981, shortly after the abortive coup attempt. He then left and joined the teaching field. He taught at St George's for one year, and later enrolled at Gambia College where he obtained his PTC. Upon graduating he was posted to Kerewan Samba Sirrah as a deputy headmaster.
He taught there for three years and went back to the Gambia College for his HTC, majored in Geography and minored in Biology. After bagging his HTC, he went to Gambia High School where he served as a Geography teacher. He was there from 1990 to 2000 teaching history, geography and bible knowledge.
He got his first degree in History from the St Mary?s University Extension Programme. In 2000, he resigned from teaching to get into the police force.
In 2001, he got admission at the University of London to study Law where he graduated with LLB Honours in 2007. In April 2007, he was appointed Inspector General of Police.
On 16th June 2008, he was removed from the police and re-deployed briefly to the judiciary as a senior magistrate, before being appointed Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) where he served until the 12th of August 2008.
Before his new appointment, Mr. Jammeh was working with the National Training Authority (NTA) as legal adviser, and as part time lecturer on Business Law at GTTI.
Acclaimed by many as conscientious in all respects, Mr. Jammeh has the huge responsibility of replicating the high standards he is widely acclaimed of having infused in all the institutions where he has served.