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More testimonies at fertilizer commission

Oct 28, 2011, 2:44 PM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

The fertilizer commission sitting at the High Court premises in Banjul continues to hear from witnesses.

Yesterday’s proceedings heard the testimonies of Chief Superintendent Biran Jobe, officer commanding West Coast Region, and Pa Habibou Mbye, Crime Management Coordinator, at the National Drug Enforcement Agency.

Testifying earlier, Chief Superintendent Jobe told the commission that a cautionary statement was obtained from one Seedy Jarju in connection with an audit report on foodstuff at the Ministry of Agriculture.

He added that he received a letter of recommendation for one Modou Ceesay, the director of Tilling Company Ltd to be charged for the presentation of fake bill of lading.

He said Modou Ceesay was arrested and charged, adding that he made investigations at the Ministry of Agriculture, and Dr Amadou Sowe gave him the details of the fertilizer.

Chief Superintendent Jobe further explained that after the investigation was completed, the case file was sent to the Attorney General’s Chambers.

He further stated that he did not conduct any investigation, as far as the procurement was concerned.

Also testifying was Pa Habibou Mbaye, Crime Management Coordinator at the National Drug Enforcement Agency, who told the commission that he lives at Serrekunda, and that he knew Seedy Jarju.

He said he recorded the statement of Seedy Jarju during the fertilizer investigations, adding that the case file was sent to the Office of the President.

Mbye revealed that he supervised the investigation of Seedy Jarju, and that during the investigation Seedy’s passport was confiscated from him to prevent him from escaping.

“We were asked to investigate the distribution and the quality of the fertilizer. Farmers were also interviewed with regards to the quality and the distribution,” he stated, adding that five days later after the completion of the investigation, Seedy was sacked.

Sittings of the commission continue today.