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IGP’s office clarifies

Oct 22, 2012, 10:25 AM

The Office of the Inspector General of Police has reacted to an article published in our Friday 19th October edition captioned “IGP Sonko’s travel delays Ensa Badjie and co case.”

In a letter addressed to this paper, the Office of the IGP said the vague nature in which the story was presented, gives the impression that the IGP deliberately travelled in order to hinder the progress of the case.

In our story, we mentioned that travel by IGP Sonko had the effect of hindering progress in the case involving ex-police chief Ensa Badjie and Tijan Badjie, former officer commanding prosecution at Banjul Division, at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court before Principal Taiwo Ade Alagbe.

We indicated that though the case was not called in court, parties were informed that the documents which the defence sought to be tendered were not certified by the IGP who was reported to have travelled out of the jurisdiction.

In its reaction, the Police said the IGP’s travel has no relationship whatsoever with the said case.

“Furthermore, he had never been informed that he needed to certify documents that are sought to be tendered by the defense,” the Police said, adding that prior to this, there has never been any mention of the IGP needing to certify documents in relation to the case.