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Ex-state guard commander convicted again

Dec 4, 2009, 11:53 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

Lt. Col. Gibril Bojang, former State Guard Commander, who is currently serving four years' jail term was yesterday convicted and sentenced to five years' mandatory jail term for stealing by a

Magistrates Court
in Banjul, following his own plea of guilt.

He was also ordered to pay the sum of D314, 000, being the proceeds of sales of rice from Kanilai Family Farm, which he's accused of stealing.

Mr. Bojang was recently demoted to the rank of Private from Lt. Colonel and dismissed from the army. Subsequently, he was charged with theft and sentenced to four years' imprisonment.

In his plea of mitigation, Mr. Bojang who looks very remorse told the court that he had already been sentenced to four years jail term, which he is currently serving. He told the court that he had served the Gambia Armed Forces for 25 years without any problem, as tears come down on his cheeks.
"I was also posted to the Kanilai Village as Officer Commanding from there I was moved to State House as State Guard Commander.

"I have a family and I am the only son of my father who passed away. I have two wives and three children, but my first wife had passed away, leaving three children behind and I am now in jail," he sympathetically told the court.

The particulars of offence stated that the convict between the month of November 2008 and October 2009, in Banjul and diverse places stole the sum of D314, 000, being the proceeds of the sales of rice from Kanilai Family Farm.