Oct 26, 2020, 11:02 AM
The commissioner general of The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), Yankuba Darboe has been elected chairman of the West African Tax Administration (WATAF) for the next two years.
Mr. Sowe, who migrated to The Gambia in 1993, testified that in 2015, he was involved in petty trading and got to know Abass Jarju. According to him, he later realised that Abass did help people who wanted to travel to Turkey with visas.
He said Abass was later arrested in connection with monetary issues, saying he didn’t work with Abass at the time of his arrest. The witness added that he was also arrested and taken to NIA Headquarters in Banjul, saying he was interrogated by Lamin Darboe, Basirou Sey and Baldeh.
"They asked me where Wurry was because he was having a box they needed but I told them I didn't know his whereabouts. That was the time they cuffed me and I was stretched on a table and seriously beaten, until I had to ask them to stop and that I would show them where Wurry was."
He told the commission that after the horrifying beatings, he went with the NIA officers to Wurry's house but they found an old man whom they took to NIA Headquarters.
Mr. Sowe stated that he was beaten for the second time and later escorted to his house to search for Wurry. He added that he fainted twice as a result of the torture.
"Upon arrival, they took hundred thousand dalasis from my saving box along with my mobile phone. They later called Wurry to know where the box was, he (Wurry) told them to pick it outside of his house. We went there and took the box to the NIA but after opening it, we found stones in it and I was beaten to produce the real box."
He testified that Abass and Saidou Sowe were also tortured by NIA officers.
The witness said he spent more than two months before he was taken to court.
"We were going to court and it was last year that we got acquitted and discharged."
The UK will invest up to £20 million in the African Union’s new ‘African Union Covid-19 Response Fund’ to tackle coronavirus and save lives.
The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mamadou Tangara, has reassured the Government of the People’s Republic of China through its Embassy in Banjul that the Government of The Gambia would always support the promotion of multilateralism and win – win cooperation. Banjul will also support the belt and road initiative as well as the development framework defined by the Forum on China – Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).
BANJUL11September 2020.The Board of Directors of the Africa Infrastructure Fund (Gambia) LTD, issued a press release dated August 21, 2020, to inform private citizens and friends of The Gambia, and others, of its approval to establish a COVID-19 Response Fund to support and complement the Government of The Gambia’s efforts to respond to the ongoing national COVID -19 emergency that the country is facing.