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June 1, 2017

Entrance to A&E section EFSH  Banjul – Photo credit:

Allegations of medical personnel not responding to a patient of a roadside accident at the Accident and Emergency (A&E) section of a hospital in Gambia because of lack of a police report which resulted in the death of the patient have stormed social media in the past couple of days.  The story emanated from the Facebook feed of one Malima Ceesay who expressed her disdain on how medical personnel at the said hospital did not respond to a dying patient of a roadside accident because of lack of a police report. She lamented that the patient who is the sister of her best friend, a young girl was bleeding seriously from the head because of the accident was not attended to because of the absence of a police report. The report by Malima angered Gambians around the world and many people took to social media to express their outrage or disgust over the incident.  However according to reports feeding in two Doctors; Kebba S. Bojang and Khalifa Kassama have refuted such allegations.

Doctors; Kebba S. Bojang and Khalifa Kassama have both vehemently refuted the narration that the young lady was left to die because of the absence of a police report.  Both Doctors remarked that the lady in question was brought in dead (BID).  Dr. Kalipha  Kassama said he was on the ground when it all happened, when the body was brought in as a BID with a terrible head injury and because such a body can’t  be taken to the death house without any police officer witnessing that was why the issue of involving the police came in.

Dr. Kebba S. Bojang dispelled Malima Ceesay’s assertion that medical personnel present were; a nurse who spent five minutes wearing her gloves and her supposed supervisor whom the nurse consulted on the matter. He pointed out that  when the victims were brought to the A&E, not just a nurse was on the ground, there were two doctors there too; one for surgical department and another for pediatric department.  He buttressed that the said victim was brought in dead (BID) because knowing the gravity of her injuries she would have died on the spot at the scene.

Dr. Bojang went on to lament that if Malima understood the way the TRIAGE SYSTEM works at A&E, he/she would have understood why nobody had to ‘rush’ to the victim when she was brought in after the initial assessment and that the second victim who was brought in with the deceased was treated accordingly and later released to go home.

We hope that the ministry of health and the police would collaborate appropriately to maximize patient welfare and in communicating effectively to the general public to clear doubts in such kind of controversies.


Written by L.Nyassi, Olso


May 22, 2017

Attorney General and Justice Minister , Ba Tambedou

The Attorney General and minister of Justice Mr. Ba Tambedu has unveiled at a press conference in Banjul that a court order is given for the freezing of assets purportedly belonging to former president Jammeh. According to minister Tambedou the freezing order affects the known properties held in the personal name of the former president or directly associated with him which includes  131 landed properties, 88 different bank accounts, 14 companies and number of livestock. The minister also urged anyone who has knowledge about  properties of the former president to make it known to the authorities. When asked by Journalist Sainey M.K Mareneh on whether the court order covers both properties in and out of the Gambia the minister responded in the negative by buttressing that the order is not interterritorial but only for properties within the jurisdiction of the Gambia. The former president of the Gambia has ruled the country like his personal property with no accountability or whatsoever. His involvement in all kinds of business is an open secret from sand mining to selling school uniforms and bread and many other businesses. Soldiers who were paid by the taxpayers’ were the ones managing his numerous farms across the country.

Many people have hailed the decision to freeze Jammeh’s assets but others queried that freezing of assets should not be limited to only the former president but should be extended to his former close aides and business partners as well. Mr. Tambedou hinted on plans to set up a commission that would properly look into the assets of the former president and to recover every butut that was lost by the country as a result of actions of the former president or his close aides. The minister also unveiled the appointment of a public prosecutor lawyer Antuman Gaye to the NIA 9 case who are being tried at the high court in Banjul for the murder of Solo Sandeng and others. Mr. Tambedou lamented on the lack of capacity being the reason behind the slow pace at which  his ministry is moving in addressing the issues at hand but he however indicated that help in building up capacity  is gradually coming from within and outside the country.


Written by L.Nyassi, Oslo


May 20, 2017

Jainaba Bah newly appointed Gambia Ambassador to Russia

The wife of Gambia’s former envoy to Ethiopia Mr. M.Sarjo Jallow, Jainaba Bah has been appointed by President Barrow as Ambassador to Russia this paper can confirm. Jainaba who is based in Sweden has been very vocal against the former regime of President Jammeh and has been very instrumental in raising funds for the coalition in the run-up to 2016 elections that ushered in the current regime change. Despite her political difference with her husband who was serving under Jammeh she did not waver in campaigning against the heavy handedness of the former regime. Madame Jainaba Bah has been a revolutionist all her life from the era of the former president Jawara’s PPP regime when she was a MOJA -G militant and encountered all kinds of tortures by the then state spy agency NSS to the regime of Yaya Jammeh. Jainaba studied and worked in Sweden in a good chunk of her life. She was part of the team that organized the Stockholm-dialogue meeting in 2013 that was attended by Gambians in Scandinavia, Europe, and U.S.A to brainstorm on the way forward for Gambia. She also served briefly as a representative at the Committee for the restoration of democracy in the Gambia(CORDEG) an organization that was set up after the Raleigh diaspora conference. It was after the Fass Njaga Choi standoff of April 2015 between the UDP Caravan and state security personnel that she threw her weight behind UDP by becoming a member.

Many see the appointment of Jainaba Bah as a welcomed move and the appointment has been hailed by some on social media. Abdoulie Manneh a Gambian residing in Russia wrote on his facebook page when he got news of the appointment of Jainaba Bah as follows; “I can’t wait for the arrival of the newly appointed Gambian ambassador to Russia Jainaba Bah, it makes life a lot easier if you have your country’s embassy in the foreign country you reside in”. Ndey Jobarteh a close friend and fellow activist to Jainaba in reacting to the appointment wrote; ” She is one woman I look up to, her resilience, consistency, faith and commitment to justice and rights is inspiring. Jainaba did not end there, she showed us that we can be married and have a different political standpoint and position, yet live together. She has proven that no one can come between rights and justice, no matter what it takes one has to stand on the side of justice and rights. I salute and celebrate this phenomenal woman who kept inspiring me!! I celebrate her for her bravery and faith in Justice. I celebrate her for her fighting spirit! I celebrate her for her big heart and love she has for everyone!”. Congratulations to Jainaba on her appointment as Ambassador to Russia, looking at her track record of standing up for the collective good of our people we are hopeful that she would not betray wishes and aspirations of the heroic people of the Gambia. Good luck sister.



Written by L.Nyassi, Oslo


January 20, 2017

Monica Njie released from detention

Kibaaro news  can without an iota of doubt report that Monica Njie who was arrested by the Gambia’s spy agency has been released and is united with family and loved ones. Monica is Kibaaro’s Finance Manager and host of the Every Woman show was arrested at the ferry terminal in Banjul for taking photos and detained for over 48hrs before being released without any charges or whatsoever. Kibaaro was able to speak to her on the phone after her release and she confirmed to us that it was indeed the NIA that arrested her at the ferry terminal in Banjul for merely taking photos.

She is a breast feeding Mom and lamented to us that when she was held in detention she requested to breast feed her child but the officers on duty did not answer to her demand until after 38hrs that was when her child was brought to her for breast feeding. She also lamented on the deplorable detention cells at the NIA dungeon and people languishing there for flimsy charges or no charges at all.  Monica also went on to express her gratitude for all those who campaign for her release on social media and by extension to the efforts of the British government and journalists.

The Gambia under the brutal leadership of the former president Yahya Jammeh has been marked by numerous arrests, detention without trial and disappearances without trace and we hope that in the 3rd republic such acts would be a thing of the past. We hope that the prisons and detention centers would be emptied of those wrongfully detained or imprisoned.


January 11, 2017

The Dictator as usual spewing his garbage!

The Gambia’s outgoing President, Yahya Jammeh, who refuses to be outgoing President, despite losing in the country’s Presidential elections on 1 December 2016, has taken to the airways again in the space of less than two weeks to address his nation, explaining how he has the mandate to rule the country, so long as his petition at the country’s Supreme Court is not determined.

The country’s Supreme Court was scheduled to hear the President and his party’s election petition on 10 January 2017, but due to lack Supreme Court Judges, the matter had to be adjourned until 16 January 2016 to deal with the preliminary issues of serving of petition documents to the relevant parties, and the substantive appeal to be indefinitely adjourned until, the expected Supreme Court judges from Nigeria, who will be available after May 2017, can arrive into the country.

Many were anticipating President Jammeh will seize the opportunity on his latest speech of 10 January 2017 to concede defeat and offer olive branch for peace and reconciliation, after the debacle at the Supreme Court with regards to his election petition, but the intransigent Gambian Dictator made no such overtures. Instead he reaffirms his defiance message to the opposition coalition, signalling that they will not be allowed to inaugurate the President-Elect Adama Barrow on 19 January 2017.

For clarity we have transcribed President Jammeh’s speech below word for word.

Jammeh firstly started by rejecting the elections results and maintained his position with some colourful explanations to justify his rejections of the elections results 1 December 2016. He exhorted to fool many about the IEC corrections of those election results on 5 December 2016 election. President Jammeh wants everyone to believe that since he and his party rejected the said election results and filed a petition to the Supreme Court, the constitution states that only the Supreme Court can declare who is President, and until that declaration is made, he remains the legitimate President of the Gambia constitutionality. President Jammeh made this declaration, despite knowing fully well that, there is no such provision in the Gambian constitution which supports his claim that, the Supreme Court is the only entity under the constitution that can declare someone a President.

Based on his flawed interpretation of the Gambian constitution, the Gambia’s outgoing President wants everyone to obey and agree to his interpretation of the constitution. He asserted that he will defend the constitution and urge all his countrymen to do the same, as provided under Section 6 of the constitution. He reminded his people that the constitution of the country is supreme than any organisation, treaty, AU, OIC, UN, or ECOWAS and their it is their constitution they should follow and not those organisations.

Therefore, in his capacity as the constitutional continuing President of the Gambia, he will pass amnesty to forgive all of his citizenry and the opposition coalition for whatever insults they may have hurled at his mother between 1 November 2016 to 31 January 2017.

He further thanked the AU,OIC, ECOWAS and UN for their concerns, even though, they rushed to conclusions based on their misunderstandings, he wants them to know that his country can resolve its own internal issues.

This is, in summary, the madness expressed in the ramblings of Yahya Jammeh, which we transcribed below:


President Jammeh’s Speech 10 January 2017

Our video recording the speech missed the first sentence of Jammeh’s sentence, so we start our transcription from the second sentence>

“As the whole world knows, being the candidate for the APRC party for the presidential election my party ad I rejected the last results declared by the IEC on December 5th 2016. Because not only was it full of arithmetic errors and anomalies it also could not be credibly explained and we have challenged the results to the Supreme Court as provided by the constitution and the Electoral Act.

Fellow Gambians: on December 2nd 2016, the IEC announced a set of results which I accepted whole heartedly in good faith but in December 5th 2016, the IEC reversed and gave a new set of results and the results statement itself gave enough grounds for my party and I to suspect them. The second IEC results stated figures were transposed when actually it had the 63,000 votes for Basse administrative area wrongly added to the votes of one candidate, who is Mr. Adama Barrow.

In the subsequent correction the statement from IEC falsely claimed this amount was added to all candidates, but this amount was only subtracted from Mr. Barrow, which put his total to just over 199,000 and then his votes for Basse was doubly counted to give him the lead with 223,000 votes.

Fellow Gambians, nonetheless as our constitution provides only the Supreme Court can review our challenge and only the Supreme Court declare anyone President and so I ask each and everyone of us to respect the supreme law of the republic and await the Supreme Court review on the election results.

Fellow Gambians; our review and investigations have revealed an unprecedented level of foreign interference in our elections and internal affairs and also a sustain smear campaign, propaganda and misinformation. Even though there is no single fatality or mortality, we have seen the UN Security Council, the African Union and Ecowas take unprecedented and hasty resolutions against our republic and constitution but we have also learned the support of good people all over the world who have started to see the truth and understand that the Gambia is a sovereign republic.

Our constitution is the supreme law and does not allow, any organization, or law or treaty to supersede it, as for Section 4 of the constitution, supremacy of the constitution and Section 79 subsection 2, that the constitution does not allow us to enter into any engagement, agreement or treaty that derogates the supremacy of the Gambian constitution. As the President and Commander in Chief of our Armed and Security Forces and as a citizen and in total obedience to the oath of office, I will take all possible steps to defend our constitution. As per Section 6, subsection 2, which makes it a duty of all citizens to defend our constitution. Therefore, even where we may disagree, I believe you can, as Gambians, come together and resolves this and any other matter without undue external interference.  

Fellow Gambians; cabinet sat and will continue to sit and liaise with the National Assembly to get all constitutional measures to ensure the Supremacy of the rule of law and the constitution in the next few days. I assure everyone that as a Gambian, a Muslim and a family man, no foreigner can love this country and hold its highest of heart, more than myself and the majority of Gambians.

Let me repeat for the purpose of clarity; I assure everyone that as a Gambian, a Muslim and a family man, no foreigner can love this country and hold its highest of heart, more than myself and the majority of Gambian people. So I will also be taking all possible steps within the constitution and my conscience to do my part to resolve this sad impasse.

As we are all humans, and bound to make mistakes and only the almighty Allah Subhanahu-wata-alah does not make mistake, we therefore accept this as test Allah on our faith individually and collectively, as believing people. I hereby appoint the Secretary General as mediator General for this trying period and mandate him to:

               1) ensure the public and civil service continue to work proficiently without fear or favour in an                         apolitical manner in the service of the country.

              Let me repeat for the purpose of clarity; I hereby appoint the Secretary General as mediator General               for this trying period and mandate him to: 1 ensure the public and civil service continue to work                      proficiently without fear or favour in an apolitical manner in the service of the country.

             2) meet with all stakeholders in the country and prepare meetings so that all parties can be heard                    and will resolve any mistrust and issues amongst ourselves

            3) to work with the minister of Justice and the National Assembly to draft a general amnesty bill to                 confirm and ensure that there is no witch-hunt, so that we can ensure a climate of confidence and                     security within constitutional mandate.  

In this connection, I hereby issue an executive order to that effect that nobody be arrested or prosecuted due to acts or omissions in the pre and post electoral period with effective from November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.

Let me repeat for the purpose of clarity; in this connection, I hereby issue an executive order to that effect that nobody be arrested or prosecuted due to acts or omissions in the pre and post electoral period with effective from November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.

Fellow Gambians; as the whole world has seen, we continue as a people to exhibit the highest degree of fraternity and despite the heated passions, we have maintain the highest degree of in virtues of patience, tolerance and mutual respect across ethnic and faith lines and for that I personally thank the almighty Allah and all of you.

I ask all Gambians to forgive each other, especially us the political class and ask that we all continue to work together to keep and consolidate peace and harmony for our beloved country. I ask all Gambian and all residence in the Gambia to go about their business in peace and security and assure you that Inshallah all will continue to be well and this will soon be resolved in peace. I thank all my brother presidents from ECOWAS, OIC, AU and the UN for their kind words and support to the Gambia, even if some were mistaken and also assure them that we Gambians have not gotten here without learning to live and let live amongst ourselves.

I thank you all for your attention and bid you all the peace and blessings of the almighty Allah the subhanahu-wata-alah. For the Gambia ever true.



January 6, 2017

This is the Senegalese lawyer bidding for contract to defend Jammeh at the ICC

Maitre El Hadj Diouf of Senegal is a relatively obscure name to many Gambians, despite his notoriety in Senegal for his many controversies. May be due to his name being overshadowed by his shared namesake El-hadji Diouf the footballer. However, due to his recent rants about the current Gambian political impasse, he has attracted himself some unwanted Gambian attention, as he tries to appropriate the narrative of the Gambian political impasse with little knowledge of the key facts. 

Appearing on TFM TV program on 5 January 2017, Maitre Diouf, a veteran lawyer in Senegal, feigned professorial understanding of the current Gambian political impasse, Gambian judicial system and Gambian constitution, yet he exposed his very little knowledge of what is actually happening in The Gambia.

Firstly; he claimed that only provisional Electoral results of the 1 December 2016 Presidential elections were announced on 2 December 2016, when Yahya Jammeh conceded defeat to President Elect Adama Barrow. He added that those results were provisional results and not final. For that reason, according him, Jammeh’s concession means nothing, as it relates to only the Provisional results, which were not final at the time.

Secondly; he claimed that the Gambia’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) admitted to stealing or rigging of votes from Jammeh to Barrow, which was the mistakes announced by the IEC Chairman, Alieu Momar Njie on 5 December 2016. He said it is the electoral commission who cause the whole impasse and not Yahya Jammeh. He branded the two Electoral result papers issued by the IEC for the 2 December 2016 and 5 December 2016 as his evidence of the incompetence of the IEC and their rigging of votes from Jammeh to Barrow.

Thirdly, he claimed that there is a constituted Supreme Court in The Gambia and those claiming that no such constituted Supreme Court exist in The Gambia are spreading false information. He further challenged those that contended that an all Nigerian Supreme Court Judges decision should not be accepted, as they are all foreigners.

Fifthly and finally, Maitre Diouf claimed that he knows the Gambia very well and has extended family there. He claimed he is motivated to take position in the impasse due to his love and care for the Gambian people and love for justice. For this reason, he is setting up a coalition in Senegal with musician Ouza against, any ECOWAS intervention in The Gambia.

It is based on the above succinct synopses, Maitre Diouf wishes to appropriate or take charge of the narrative of the current Gambian political impasse as his, without checking the veracity of his facts about the true picture of issues at play in the Gambian political impasse.

With regards to his first claim, Maitre Diouf’s notion of provisional results and final result is completely misplaced, as the Gambia does not have Provisional and Final results system. Therefore, the results announced on 2 December 2016 was the official final results and not provisional results. This was the final results, President Jammeh accepted on 2 December 2016 to be free and fair! And President Jammeh was indeed right on that first occasion, as the Presidential elections of 1 December 2016 was generally viewed by many as the first free and fair elections in the Gambia. This is attributed to the fact that this was the first election, when the votes were counted at the same spot where the voting took place.

As a result, the ballots were never moved from one place to another, during which, the oppositions had in the past complained about ballot boxes being switched with pre-filled boxes for President Jammeh, by his security forces in charge of the transiting of the ballot boxes. This year that could not happen, allaying any such opportunity for rigging or suspicion. Instead votes were counted at where the voting took place and witnessed by all those who voted at that particular voting place.

Furthermore, there were no reports of any complaints or disturbances at any of the voting and counting places, as counting was done peacefully and all those, who witnessed the counting at the various parts of the country, accepted the results. The counted results were further certified by IEC polling officials and political party agents, before those results are forwarded to the IEC Headquarters for the IEC Chairman to make the announcements.

At the same time, political party agents were also sending the same results to their respective party Headquarters for their own party tallying of the results. Therefore by the time, the last results were announced by the IEC Chairman, on 2 December 2016, it was clear to Jammeh and his party that they had lost the election, because his party agents would have told them about the results of their various locations. If there were any issues with the results, the party agents would have also told the same to Jammeh. Therefore, Jammeh accepted the elections results not because of the IEC’s mistake, but because his own party agents reported no irregularities to him and from their witnessed results, he lost the elections fair and square.

The corrections announced by the IEC on 5 December 2016 related to the correction of the final totalling of the national results, which they made an error after double entering the results for the Basse region twice for each of parties in the national results. Thereby increasing the final national results of each of the parties by about 20,000 more votes. They corrected this mistake by simply deducting the additional increment from each of the parties’ total national results, to get to the accurate final figure, which would have corresponded with the final tally of each of the parties.

From this narration, it is clear that Matitre Diouf’s claims that, the IEC had rigged the ballots in favour of the opposition is quite simply unfounded, as such is impossible without Jammeh knowing about it before his concession speech of 2 December 2016. Secondly, Maitre Diouf failed to appreciate the fact that, in the Gambia under Jammeh, with the level of his grip on power and the level of fear he instilled in Gambians, it would be suicidal or almost impossible for anyone to contemplate on cheating Jammeh! Therefore, the veteran Senegalese lawyer should have verified his facts first before bragging his expertise in a subject, where he has zero knowledge.

With regards to the Supreme Court, Maitre Diouf disputed the claims that there is only one Judge at the Supreme Court, being the Chief Justice, Emannuel Fagbenle; but failed to mention the names of the other Supreme Court Judges currently in the Gambia. This is because most Gambians, including all of the Gambian lawyers, do not know any other Judge of the Supreme Court, besides the Chief Justice. In fact the Gambian Bar Association said they had written to the Chief Justice, Fagbenle, in June 2016 to remind him of the lack of a constituted Supreme Court in the country. If the court had been constituted, the big question would certainly be, why was it done in secret, instead of the constitutional procedure of announcing such appointments to the public, swear in such Judges in public, and publish their names for the public knowledge. Therefore, Maitre Diouf is misinformed about the constitution of the Supreme Court at present, and should quite simply check his facts and back them up with authority, as expected of lawyers. But he seems to be allowing Jammeh and his propagandists to use his intellect like a complete clown.

Furthermore, with regards to the nationality of the Judges, Maitre Diouf should have just asked himself, why a country like The Gambia, whose lawyer is currently serving as the International Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, with Judges heading the International Criminal Tribunals in Rwanda, and has a functioning Bar Association for more than 40 years, is not having its citizens as Judges at the highest court of the land. Rather than bantering about why the country has a right to appoint foreigners. What is wrong with the Gambian lawyers, who are qualified enough to serve as Judges at that court?

The simple answers to these questions will help the Maître to understand why it is inappropriate for the Gambian citizens to be discriminated, in such a way – by their own President – in their own country. If the Maitre is indeed a Maitre, who went to University and studied to gain his law degree, as supposed to buying his law degree, he would understand why people are justified to question the rational behind an all Nigerian Supreme Court Judges deciding an important constitutional question for Gambians in the Gambia.

Finally, Maitre Diouf also claimed to have been motivated to engage in the current Gambian political impasse, as a result of his love for the Gambian people and family relations, as well as his love for justice. This compels one to ask the question, where was Maitre Diouf in the last twenty-two years of Jammeh’s misrule in The Gambia? When Jammeh was arbitrarily arresting, detaining, torturing and killing Gambians. Was Maitre Diouf too busy at the time or unconcerned to notice? He did not seem to have any interest of the Gambian plight then, until after Gambians had voted out Yahya Jammeh, then he wants come to their aid. This begs one to question, whether Maitre Diouf is truly in for Gambians best interest, or he is purely interested in entrenching Yahya Jammeh’s dictatorship over the Gambian people for another five years. Gambians are no fools to fall for such disguise.

If Maitre Diouf have any interest in the plight of the Gambian people, he should simply call on the Out-Going President Yahya Jammeh to relinquish power. The Gambian people have spoken and both he and Yahya Jammeh should respect that!!!


January 3, 2017

These are the Nigerian 419 Judges Jammeh wants to overturn our people’s will!

Chief Justice Fagbenle in his true colours!

 The out-going Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, who has barely 2 weeks left on his presidency, wants to swear-in Judges, to hear his election petition case within 8 days before the end of his presidency, despite the fact that the court had been dysfunctional for almost two years with many pending appeals.    

The Gambia’s lawyers association called the Gambia Bar Association best described the move as a miscarriage of justice; for the President to select judges for the sole purpose of hearing his own election petition at the Supreme Court. They said it simply makes him both the Judge and claimant at the same time .

The desperate Gambian President is challenging the 1 December 2016 Presidential elections of The Gambia, which he lost to his opponent, President Elect Adama Barrow. President Jammeh, whose constitutional term in office expires on Wednesday, 18 January 2017, is frantically trying to hang on to power at all cost, through the aid of the country’s Supreme Court to overturn the verdict of his people in the Presidential election.

President Jammeh and his government denied reports, during a meeting with the African Bar Association from Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on 21 December 2016, that they do not have a constituted Supreme Court, at the time. The constitution requires the Supreme Court to have at least six Judges, in order to be constituted. The disclosure that the country has a constituted Supreme Court shunned many, including the country’s Bar Association, who were never aware of the same.

It later became clear that the government had lied about having a constituted Supreme Court. Instead they had offered positions to six Judges in the sub-region: five from Nigeria and one from Sierra Leone.  These were: Justice Habeeb A. O. Abiru from Nigeria; Justice Abubacar Datti Yahya from Nigeria; Abubakar Tijani from Nigeria; Obande Festus from Nigeria, Obande Agim from Nigeria; and Nicholas Colin Brown from Sierra Leone.

The six Judges were only offered the positions in somewhere June 2016, but were yet to accept their positions. As a result, the Supreme Court, which had only one Judge and dysfunctional for 2 years, had to adjourn the President’s petition till Tuesday, 10th January 2017 to hear the petition. The hope was that the six Judges would have accepted their positions and would have been in the country to start the case.

However, due to the sensitive political and high profile nature of the case, as well as the desperation shown by the Gambian President by attempting to bribe these Judges; the reputable and distinguished Judges rejected the offers to become Supreme Court Judges of the Gambia at present.

Thereafter, desperate Yahya Jammeh and his Chief Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle have exhorted many other Supreme Court Judges and Court of Appeal Judges in Nigeria to assist in their criminal enterprise to subvert the will of the Gambian people, but failed to convince any senior Judge in Nigeria.

Instead, the desperate President Jammeh and his Chief Justice settled for shameless 419 Judges from Nigeria, who were bribed to pretend to be qualified Judges in Nigeria and have had the requisite competence to sit in any court in The Gambia, including the country’s Supreme Court to hear the President’s election petition. These shameless 419 Nigerian Judges, who have arrived in the country are: Justice Agboola, Justice A.N.C. Ikoro, Justice Uduma, Justice E.E. Ogar, Justice E.O. Dada, Justice Sulaiman, and Justice E.O. Otaba.

In fact 2 of the 7 Judges were recently involved in controversial political cases in The Gambia, involving the UDP protesters, as recent as August 2016. These were Justice E.O. Otaba and Justice E.O. Dada. Justice Otaba had to recuse himself from the case, after he was shamelessly recorded on tape, commenting on the case he was presiding, by a Gambian exiled journalist, Fatou Camara. The case was then transferred to Justice Dada, whose handling of the case forced all of the defense lawyers in the case to withdraw their representation of the Darboe and Co accused UDP protesters.

The Gambian constitution requires that, in order for one to qualify to be appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court, they must serve at least 5 or 10 years as a Court of Appeal Judge or 12 years a practicing lawyer in both civil and criminal areas of law, in a common law jurisdiction. None of the selected Judges being considered by Jammeh meets that threshold. If anything no one knows their legal practice background, apart from Mr. Fagbenle.

The Gambian Bar Association has stated that these “persons have never been judges or sat in a judicial capacity,” before in any country.  “They were imported and appointed and have demonstrated in several high-profile judgments that they will not take any steps contrary to the will of the President. It is, therefore, a vital priority for the Government of Nigeria and all Bar Associations to condemn the actions and capacity of all judges of foreign nationality currently sitting in Gambia and call for their immediate repatriation to prevent them from undermining the will of the Gambian people,” they added

It is therefore, advised that no Gambian should respect or recognise any decision made by these Nigerian 419 Judges.