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More testimony in Ensa Badjie and co case

Jan 25, 2012, 10:58 AM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

More witnesses continued to testify in the case involving Ensa Badjie, former police chief, and two former senior military officers, Lt. Col Mam Matarr Secka and Major Kuluteh Manneh, at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul.

Babucarr Kah, deputy police commissioner in-charge of transport at the Gambia Police Force, yesterday told the court that he is the officer commanding transportation at the Kanifing PIU, and knew the 1st accused person, Ensa Badjie.

“In 2009, I received a telephone call from the 1st accused, asking me to go and provide a truck and a driver, and to escort the driver to the Police Intervention Unit in Kanifing, and ask Commissioner Biran Mbye to provide me with men,” he told the court.

“The 1st accused then instructed me to go to Gacem cement factory, and ask for the sales clerk. I went to Gacem cement factory where I found the sales clerk, who later consulted Mr Amadou Samba, and later gave me 200 bags of cement on behalf of the 1st accused,” he added.

Kah said the driver took the cement to Kotu, to the residence of Ensa Badjie, since Badjie told him there was a man there who should escort the truck to off-load the cement.

Still testifying, he told the court that the 1st accused called him again after three weeks, and asked him to go to Commissioner Biran Mbye for him to provide him with men to go with them to Gacem.

“I applied the same procedure, and went to Gacem where I was given 200 bags of cement for the 1st accused,” he continued.

Under cross-examination by the defence counsel, the witness told the court that he did not know whether the cement was procured by the 1st accused, and he did not also know anything apart from the arrangement, and collecting the cement.

He added that he did not know where the cement was off-loaded.

The case continues on 26 January 2012.