The Director of Public Prosecutions, S.H. Barkun, yesterday announced the state was taking over the new case against the jailed former Secretary General and head of the civil service, Dr Njogou Bah, at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court before Principal Magistrate Hilary Abeke.
Njogu Bah appear in court from Mile 2 central prisons, where he is currently serving a two-year jail term after being convicted by the Special Criminal Court in Banjul.
The new charge pressed against him at the Banjul magistrates’ court was for “abuse of office”.
When the case was called, the DPP told the court that the state was applying for an adjournment, as it has just taken over the case file and needed an adjournment to enable them familiarize themselves before the trial begins.
Defence counsel LK Mboge did not object to the state’s application.
The case was subsequently adjourned to 12 March 2014, for hearing.
The latest charge sheet presented in court stated that Dr Njogou Bah, sometime in June 2013 at the State House in Banjul, abused the authority of his office, as Secretary General and Head of the Civil Service, by interfering with the recommendation and posting of one 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.