Jul 21, 2008, 5:23 AM
One Muhammed Ceesay was last Tuesday arraigned before the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court, charged with four counts of obtaining money by false pretence and one count of forgery.
Ceesay, who denied the charges, was alleged to have collected monies from people, as well as making false documents with the pretext of taking them to
Testifying for the prosecution, Francis Obinna, told the court that it was in January when the accused person meet him and entered in his vehicle.
He told the court that the accused person asked him if he was the owner, and he replied in the affirmative, adding that the accused further told him that he has pity for Nigerians, saying that ‘when they come to the Gambia they suffer a lot’”.
The first prosecution witness added that the accused person then asked him if he would like to travel to
“I told him that I did not have money right now. We exchanged phone numbers, and started to communicate with each other,” he told the court.
According to the witness, the accused person told him to give him his photographs to provide a passport for him, and that there was no need for him to go to
“The accused asked me to pay D120, 000 for the visa, passport, reservation, and flight ticket together with my vehicle, which I did in the presence of my brother, one Mathieu,” he alleged, adducing that he made the payments in April 2011.
The witness further told the court that the accused person failed to give him a receipt, and when he asked him for his visa, the accused said to him that it was at the Nigerian Embassy in
“On arrival at the Nigerian Embassy in
The witness added that the accused further informed him that when he reached
“The accused then dropped me at the
He revealed that the
Asked by the prosecutor, Cadet ASP Manneh, whether the accused gave him any other documents, apart from what he said, the witness responded in the affirmative.
He told the court that the accused gave him a Gambian ID card,
He adduced that the Gambian ID card and passport bore the name of one Kebba Ceesay with his (the witness) pictures, adding that he left the Gambian passport at
He adduced that the said documents were given to him in the presence of the accused person’s brother in
The prosecutor applied to tender them, but the accused raised an objection.
However, the trial magistrate admitted and tendered them in evidence, stating that the weight of the documents would depend on how the case proceeded.
The witness further testified that whilst in
He told the court that when he came back to The Gambia, he explained the matter to the Immigration Officers at Hamdalai border, and he gave them all the documents.
According to him, he was brought to
He said his statement was recorded, which he identified and it was tendered in evidence.
The case continues on 4 October 2011.