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Former SG Njogu Bah faces economic crime charge

Sep 18, 2013, 10:19 AM

Former Secretary General and Head of the Civil Service, and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Dr Njogu L. Bah, was on Monday at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court before acting Principal Magistrate Lamin Mbaye charged under the Economic Crimes Specified Offences Act.

Bah is already facing trial at the high court in Banjul alongside former Justice minister Lamin Jobarteh and former Solicitor General Pa Harry Jammeh on a three-count charge, which included conspiracy to carry out a lawful purpose by an unlawful means, giving false information to a public officer, and abuse of office before the Special Criminal Court .

According to the particulars of the offence, under the economic crime crime, the accused person between the months of September 2012 and September 2013 in the city of Banjul, intentionally did an act which proved to be detrimental to the economy of The Gambia, by receiving the original bill of laden for twenty (20) containers of fertilizer valued at one hundred and forty one thousand dollars ($141,000) for Kanilai Family Farm from the Delmas Gambia Shipping Agency, and failed to clear same, which caused an economic loss to the Gambia government, and thereby committed an offence.

He was granted bail in the sum of one million dalasi and a Gambian surety with a landed property, and asked to deposit his biometric national identity card.