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Police officer testifies in Ebrima Jawara’s trial

Apr 27, 2016, 11:22 AM | Article By: Isatou Senghore-Njie

Nuha Sanyang, a police officer commanding the Fraud Squad, recently testified in the trial involving Ebrima Jawara, accused of punishment for malicious injuries in general, before Magistrate Omar Cham of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.

Designated as the second prosecution witness (PW2), officer Sanyang told the court he recognised the accused, and could recall what happened some time on 24 November 2015.

On the day in question, he was at his office when he was approached by a gentleman who identified himself as one Omar Kujabi, who claimed that he was sent by the accused.

He said he advised Omar Kujabi to ask the accused to come himself, and Kujabi then called the accused on his phone and passed it to him.

Officer Sanyang added that he spoke to the accused, who informed him that Kujabi was their messenger and that he sent him to receive his keys to have access to his office.

According to him, that was the time he asked the accused to give him time to consult his boss, who also asked him to consult the accused’s boss to get clearance.

He said he related the same message to Kujabi, and the latter also explained everything to the accused person.

He adduced that he told the accused to liaise with him later, in case he got any advice on the issue.

In the afternoon of the same day, he was advised not to hand over the keys to the accused unless there was a written document from the ministry.

He said he did not receive any further call from the accused to be able to inform him of the development.

The case was adjourned until 28 April 2016.

Ebrima Jawara was alleged to have on 24 November 2015, at the Central Project Coordinating Unit (CPCU) office situated at the Ministry of Agriculture in Banjul, without lawful authority changed the locker of the project coordinator’s office.