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Njogu Bah to open defence Dec 9

Dec 5, 2014, 10:14 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The former Secretary General and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Dr Njogu L. Bah, is to open his defence on December 9, before Principal Magistrate Dawda Jallow at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.

When the case was called yesterday, Lawyer L.K. Mboge told the court that his client was supposed to enter into his defence.

However, he was applying for a stand-down to enable him have a word with his client, before Njogu Bah would embark on his defence.

The state counsel, Mansour Jobe, objected to any stand-down of the case, declaring that the defence counsel had ample time to do so before Thursday.

Lawyer Mboge maintained that because Njogu Bah is in prison custody, it is not easy to have a word with him.

However, the state counsel maintained his objection.

The case was then adjourned till 9 December 2014.

State prosecutors accused Dr Njogu Bah that sometime in June 2013, at the State House in Banjul, he abused the authority of his office as Secretary General and Head of Civil Service by interfering with the recommendation and posting of Ms Jainaba Jobarteh to The Gambia’s permanent mission at the United Nations in New York, without following the proper procedure of nomination, and thereby committed an offence.