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NDEA’s Benedict Jammeh, PRO Ceesay appear at High Court

Mar 27, 2013, 10:30 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

Former Director General of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA), Benedict Jammeh, and Abdoulie Ceesay, former public relations officer of the same agency, yesterday appeared at the Banjul High Court before Justice M. Abdoullah.

When the case was called, defence counsel E. Jah stated among other things that investigation into the case had been ongoing since and the accused persons were in custody for about 30 days.

He added that they should be legally charged.

The judge then adjourned the case till 11 April 2013, for mention and hearing on the bail application.

He also stated that the office of the DPP should file charges on or before 11 April 2013.

It would be recalled that Benedict Jammeh and Abdoulie Ceesay were earlier arraigned alongside others at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, and charged with eleven counts.

The particulars of offence on count one at the lower court stated that Benedict Jammeh and Abdoulie Ceesay, between 2010 and 2013 in Banjul and diverse places in the country, extracted from the monies recovered from the 38, 800 Euros and other Gambian currencies amounting to D6, 000 and organised a party for their operatives, which monies should have been tendered as exhibits to the court.

Count two stated that Abdoulie Ceesay, between 2010 and 2013 in Banjul and diverse places in The Gambia, intentionally failed to exhibit cash of 18, 500 Euros to the court in the case of Muminatou Ceesay and others, but later kept it at the Sheriff’s Division, which in the judgment was forfeited to the state. But instead he withdrew it from the Sheriff’s Division and it was used to purchase a vehicle for Benedict Jammeh, and thereby caused economic loss to the Government of The Gambia.

Count three stated that Benedict Jammeh, between 2010 and 2013 in Banjul and diverse places in the country, failed to properly manage the properties of Sillaba Samateh as ordered by the court by failing to collect the rent fee of those properties from Ecobank for onward transmission to the NDEA accounts, thereby causing economic loss to the state.

Count four stated that the second accused, Abdoulie Ceesay, between 2010 and 2013 in Banjul and diverse places in the country, abused his functions as a staff employed in the services of the Gambia government by failing to exhibit cash of 18, 500 Euros to the court in the case of Muminatou Ceesay and others, but later kept it at the Sheriff’s Division which in the judgment was forfeited to the state, but instead he withdrew it from the Sheriff’s Division and was used to purchase a vehicle for the first accused Benedict Jammeh, thereby causing economic loss to the Government of The Gambia.

Count five read that Benedict Jammeh, between 2010 and 2013 in Banjul and diverse places in The Gambia, being employed as the director general of NDEA, abused the functions of his office by failing to properly manage the properties of Sillaba Samateh, as ordered by the court; instead he paid such monies accruing from the rent of such properties to Ecobank, and thereby caused economic loss to the state.

Count six stated that Benedict Jammeh and Yusupha Jatta, between 2010 and 2013 in Banjul and diverse places in The Gambia, gave information to the Office of the President and the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) that one Assan Touray was wanted for drug-related offences, information they knew or believed to be false.

Count seven disclosed that Benedict Jammeh and Abdoulie Ceesay between 2010 and 2013 in Banjul and diverse places in the country, conspired among themselves and fabricated evidence that Abdurahman Touray of Pristine Company was wanted in The Gambia for drug-related offences, for which they preferred criminal charges against him and presented it to the Gambia police force, which was later found to be false.

Count eight was about the neglect of official duty, and the particulars of offence stated that Benedict Jammeh and Foday Barry, between 2010 and 2013 in Banjul and diverse places in The Gambia, were given executive directives from the Office of the President, instructing them to trace one Adama Jobe through bilateral and security contacts in the case of one Juergel Odelward, the general manager of Ocean Bay Hotel, which they failed to do, and thereby committed an offence.

Count nine indicated that Abdoulie Ceesay, between 2011 and 2012 in Banjul and diverse places in the country, being employed as the public relations officer at the NDEA, was using one vehicle marked KIA belonging to Ocean Bay Hotel, and thereby committed an offence.

It was stated in count ten that Benedict Jammeh, between 2010 and 2012 in Banjul and diverse places in The Gambia, being employed as director general of the NDEA, abused the functions of his office by unlawfully terminating and dismissing the services of twenty (20) NDEA officers without authority, and thereby committed an offence.

Count eleven stated that Yusupha Jatta, between 2010 and 2011 in Banjul and diverse places in The Gambia, stole fifteen gallons and 20 litres of fuel from one Demba Jobe, and thereby committed an offence.

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