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CID officer testifies in giving false information case

Nov 25, 2015, 9:50 AM | Article By: Yai Dibba

Sgt 3760 Mustapha Jawo, a CID police officer attached to Old Yundum Police Station, recently testified in the trial involving one Momodou F. Gassama, accused of giving false information, at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court before Principal Magistrate Hilary Abeke.

In his testimony, officer Jawo told the court that he is a CID police officer attached to Old Yundum Police Station and could recalled what happened on20 August 20 15.

While in the office he received a directive based on a letter from the Office of the President to investigate a petition letter that was written by the accused person to the Office of the President.

He said the content of the petition letter was that three of his children with good Grade 12 results were seeking for employment from the government, but none of them was consider.

It was further stated in the petition letter that they applied to an institution which was not mentioned in the said letter, and when his son went to find about his application they told him that none of his family member would be employed by President Jammeh’s government.

He said upon receiving that directive from the Office of the President, a panel was formed by CID officers and the accused was invited, adding that during the interrogation the accused made mention three of his children named as Fanta Gassama, Gibril Gassama and Bafoday Gassama.

According to officer Jawo, during the investigation, the accused said one of his sons, Bafoday, applied to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency when Bun Sanneh was the director.

He said the accused person’s three children were also invited and Bafoday was interviewed about the said application.

He said when he applied to the said institution, he went to find about the said application from the director, who told him that he could not get employment, but did not give him any reason.

Bafoday also said when he returned home, he told his father but he did not tell his father that the then director said none of his family members would be employed by President Jammeh’s government.

According to him, after four days, the then director was also invited by the said panel, and was shown the claim and the petition letter.

Mr Sanneh told the panel that he never knew or met Bafoday before, and normally he did not deal with an application letter directly.

Sanneh further told them that he only meets the applicants when they were about to give them their appointment letters.

The matter was adjourned to 9 December 2015.