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NIA officer testifies in ex-IGP Badjie and co case

Nov 14, 2012, 8:47 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

Mustapha Ceesay, a member of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), yesterday testified as defence witness nine (DW9), in the case involving former police chief Ensa Badjie, Lt. Col Mam Matarr Secka, former transport commander at the Gambia National Army, and Major Kuluteh Manneh, former commander of Military Police at Yundum Barrack.

The NIA officer told the court that he knew the 1st accused, Ensa Badjie, in 2005 when they were together in Sudan on a peacekeeping mission.

He added that he (the witness) was in Darfur, while Ensa Badjie was in Sudan.

Officer Ceesay added he went as a military observer, while the 1st accused was there under the police, adding that he could remember Badjie had sent him money in Darfur for him (the witness) to transfer into his account at the Standard Chartered Bank in Banjul.

He said the money was in dollars, and he (the witness) sent the money through Bank Alfasa, but he could not remember the exact amount.

Under cross-examination by the DPP, the witness stated that 20 of them left for the mission, but it was a different mission, because he was there as a military observer, and he could remember the 1st accused was not the only officer of the Gambia Police Force in Nyalla.

Also testifying was one Babucarr Darboe, a carpenter by profession, who told the Special Criminal Court that he supervised the construction of Ensa Badjie’s compound in Bijilo.

He said Amadou Samba had brought cement into the compound of the 1st accused person, and the quantity of the bags of cement was 200.

The second consignment was 150 bags, he told the court, adding that when Amadou Samba visited the compound, he expressed satisfaction with the job.

Designated as the tenth defence witness (DW10), the witness told the court that the following day Amadou Samba brought another 150 bags of cement.

He added that subsequently, he would usually go and collect cement from one Pa Modou Ndow under the instructions of the 1st accused.

The case continues on 22 November 2012.

Meanwhile, the trial judge, Justice Emmanuel Nkea has stated that the prisons’ DG and DG NIA, should comply with the court order.