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UTG Lecturer, 2 foreign nationals charged with conspiracy

Dec 12, 2014, 10:28 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

Sait Matty Jaw, a lecturer at the University of The Gambia, and two others were recently charged with conspiracy at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Samsideen Conteh.

The other accused persons are Seth Yaw Kandeh and Olufemi Erinle Titus, a Nigerian and Ghanaian respectively.

The state accused them in count one, that Sait Matty Jaw, Seth Yaw Kandeh and Olufami Erinle Titus, sometime in October 2014 at diverse places in The Gambia, to have conspired to commit an offence; to be operating and carrying out a business without registration, and thereby committed an offence.

Count 2 stated that Sait Matty Jaw, Seth Yaw Kandeh and Olufami Erinle Titus engaged in and carried out the business of collation of data for a Ghanaian company, FACTS International Ghana Limited, without registering same as required by law and thereby committed an offence.

In count three, Sait Matty Jaw, Yaw Kandeh and Olufemi Erinle, were accused of willful disobedience of the Statistics Act, when they undertook the collation of data on matters specified in the first schedule of the Act for the Ghanaian company, without authorization from the Gambia Bureau of Statistics (GBoS), and thereby committed an offence.

Count 4 stated that Sait Matty Jaw, Yaw Kandeh and Olufemi Erinle willfully disobeyed the Single Windows Business Registration Act 2013, and engaged in and carried out the business of collation of data for the Ghanaian company without registering same, and thereby committed an offence.

They all denied the charges preferred against them.

Defence counsel Sagga Gaye applied for bail for the accused persons, as the alleged offence committed is bailable.

State counsel Abdouraham Bah told the court the state was not objecting to bail, but emphasised that the 2nd and 3rd accused persons are non-Gambians. The bail should be such that they would not flee from the jurisdiction, he added.

The case was then adjourned to 24 December 2014, for ruling on the bail application.

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