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GNPC Scandal: 10 charged with economic crime

Jun 23, 2016, 10:11 AM

Ten people, who were working with the Ministry of Petroleum, staff of Gambia National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), members of the board of directors, Ministry of Finance and Office of the President, were yesterday arraigned at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court and charged with economic crimes.

They are Mrs Sira Wally Ndow Njie, who was first minister of petroleum and later appointed deputy minister of tourism, Nuha Touray, who was secretary to the Cabinet, Momodou Badjie, managing director of GNPC, Fafa Sanyang, permanent secretary of Petroleum, Seedy Kanyi, General Manager of Gambia Transport Service Corporation, Muntaga Sallah, former permanent secretary of Ministry of Petroleum, Cherno Marenah, former Solicitor General, Momodou Taal, civil servant, Louis Moses Mendy, civil servant, and Idrissa Jobe, businessman.

The case was called before magistrate Omar Cham at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court and all ten accused persons were remanded in custody.

Furthermore, all government civil servants named in the saga and on the board of the GNPC have had their services terminated, official sources said.