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THREE GAMBIANS JAILED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING IN MANCHESTER

September 12, 2014
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OUSMAN JAMMEH

OUSMAN JAMMEH

SALOU JENG

SALOUM JENG

BABOUCARR NJIE

BABOUCARR NJIE

Three Gambians street dealers who peddled cannabis in Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester, United Kingdom have been locked up. The men were caught and hauled before a judge as part of Operation Mandera, a long-running police campaign to clean up Manchester city centre. Officers spent the last 18 months targeting Piccadilly Gardens and surrounding streets to rid the plaza of drugs and booze-related disorder. All the three Gambians, from Salford, north Manchester and Tameside were sentenced at Manchester Crown court on Monday 6th September 2014.

Saloum Jeng, 39, of Broadbent Avenue, Dukinfield, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to nine counts of supplying drugs and was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Baboucarr Njie, 33, of Norton Street, Broughton, admitted possession with intent to supply drugs and was sentenced to 12 months.

Ousman Jammeh, 37, of Hilton Street North, Salford, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to possession with intent to supply drugs and was sentenced to eight months.

As part of the operation, officers also worked with partners on longer-term ways to tackle crime in the area, including environmental improvements. Earlier this year the Manchester Evening News launched a campaign to clean up and transform Piccadilly Gardens. As a result the council agreed to improve street lighting around the Plaza following complaints that visitors and commuters feel unsafe after dark. Inspector Phil Spurgeon, the city centre lead for neighbourhood policing in Piccadilly Gardens, said: “The city centre neighbourhood policing team have worked tirelessly over the last 18 months to tackle anti-social behaviour and drug dealing in and around Piccadilly Gardens”.

“These sentences underline our commitment to tackle the long-standing issue of street drug dealing in the Piccadilly Gardens. We particularly welcome the issuing of CRASBOs, as well as custodial sentences, which should give the affected community some respite”, he further added.

“I would like to thank the people of Manchester who continue to provide us with information in order to help in our fight against drug dealing. We remain committed to rooting this problem out and today’s result should serve as a warning to those who continue to deal drugs on our streets”, concluded Inspector Spurgeon.

After a Long Legal Wrangle, Foroyaa’s Bai Mass Kah is Free at Last

September 10, 2014
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Bai Mass Kah

Bai Mass Kah

Mr.Bai Mass Kah an employee of Foroyaa newspaper who was tried for sedition was on Tuesday 9th of September 2014 acquitted and discharged after a long legal wrangle. It was on Wednesday 27th of November 2013 that Bai Mass Kah was arraigned before a court of law after being held for 13 days at the notorious NIA and various police stations within the Greater Banjul area without charge.

Mr. Kah was later charged for uttering a statement against the photo of the president of the Gambia. According to the particulars of offence, Bai Mass Kah told an AFPRC supporter who was pasting the photo of president Jammeh on a car that “why not you paste the photo of the president on the sky”. The prosecution indicated that he committed an offense by uttering such a statement as it could lead to hatred, disaffection and disrespect on the person of the president.

The Foroyaa employee pleaded not guilty to the charges and went through a trial that lasted for 10 months.In delivering her judgement magistrate Aji Amie Jagne ruled that  the statement said to be uttered by Bai Mass Kah does not amount to sedition as it could not bring hatred, disaffection and disrespect to the person of the president. She also hinted that what the charge sheet stated was a far cry from the evidence of the witnesses of the prosecution. As such she decided to acquit and discharge Bai Mass Kah.

The government of the Gambia is criticized by rights groups for suppressing divergent views and prosecuting political opponents based on very flimsy charges. The independent media houses operate on a very hostile environment and has to employ self censorship to avoid meaningless legal battles. But the acquittal and discharge of Bai Mass Kah shows that some magistrates and judges especially native ones have conscience and would not bend the law to  nourish the ego of the country’s dictator.

GAMBIA’S LION, PRESIDENT JAMMEH, HAS ACQUIRED A NEW JEWEL FOR HIS ABATTOIR

September 10, 2014
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HELEN MAROUN-JAMMEH'S NEW JEWEL

HELEN MAROUN-JAMMEH’S NEW JEWEL

BAROKA JAMMEH-GAMBIA'S LION

BAROKA JAMMEH-GAMBIA’S LION

Anyone remembers “The Lion and The Jewel” by Wole Soyinka? Well, here is its synopsis: The main theme of the play reflects contrasts, old versus young and culture versus change. The story revolts around Sidi-the village belle and her thespian ‘relationship’ with Lakunle, the school teacher. Lakunle is wooing Sidi but snubs to pay the dowry which he deemed as archaic. Soyinka craftily contrasts Lakunle with Baroka, the lion, who is the village chief. Sidi considers Lakunle as a misfit with a verbose mouth and Baroka as a challenge.

In the Gambian imitation of ‘The Lion and The Jewel’, Bala Gaye 2, a Senegalese wrestler is Lakunle, Hele Maroun, a beauty queen and niece to Gambia’s legendary tycoon-Paul Maroun is Sidi and of course Jammeh steps in for Baroka. Oop…Oop…Baroka! Woaw! Hope he is not going to officiate that as one of his many titles. Let see how it goes…His Excellency Dr Professor Alhagie Nasiru Deen Baroka Babili Mansa President of the second Republic of the Gambia Yahya AJJ Jammeh. Burry Batchily, Bala Gaye’s first wife unlike Sadiku refused to acknowledge her husband’s marriage to Helen Maroun which makes it hard for Bala to fulfil his marital obligation with the Banjul Belle.

Sensing a rift between the young couple, Jammeh wasted no time in warming his way into unsuspecting Helen’s heart and mind. First he hired her to manage his Muslim Shop which was under KGI. The Muslim Shop, which also oversees Jammeh’s butchery outlets, was initially ran by Wareh Njie, the ex-wife of former ADC Bajinka. When Helen took over the management of the shop, he bought her a new PAJERO to cruise her from the shop to Jammeh’s slaughter house. A source who is privy to all Jammeh’s underworld deals informed Kibaaro News that Jammeh told Helen “You are not this boy’s class. You are a Presidential wife material and not a wrestler’s wife”. Bad boy Jammeh or 50 Cent as his crew fondly dubs him lavishes Helen with heavy purse to spend as and when she likes.

Since their new found love blooms, President Jammeh snubs Bala Gaye 2, his onetime friend. The source went on to add that he does not invite Bala anymore to any of his programmes in which Bala has always been a special guest accentuating an overzealous protection of his new jewel. Imam Fatty what does Islam teaches about a married man going after another man’s wife?

Wareh Njie now heads KGI. Jammeh is said to have paid off all her debts with First International bank, a new car and $10,000 to start with a clean slate as Managing Director of KGI. She is a buddy to Sabally’s wife and both were employees of FIB.

WHO IS THIS VILLAGE BELLE?

September 9, 2014
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MAMY ADAMA JALLOW

MAMY ADAMA JALLOW

To her friends and family she is Mamy Adama Jallow. But who is really Mamy Adama Jallow and what is she all about? She first came into the Gambian diaspora nonconformists’ limelight during the recently ended DC demonstrations. Many allegedly dubbed her a Jammeh Spy. She disappeared with the dust of the demonstrations as they found refuge in and blend with uncleansed clusters of DC.

“She is weird”, they said but a close associate of Mamy disagreed. He revealed, “Let just say she is somebody who is very troubled and needs help real bad”. He screened a vivid picture of the troubled beauty in captivating high definition colours. Others described her as a jail bird that flies in and out of jail for felonies such as credit cards frauds, shoplifting, drugs and others crimes.

“A troubled person like her is often exploited by others. She is desperate for acceptance and craves for a sense of belonging. I see her more of a victim than a perpetrator. Calling her a spy is giving her a credit she does not deserve. It is just like a janitor calling himself a cleaning engineer. Her coming to the demonstration was more of trying to fit in than spying”, the associate further, added.

During the DC demonstrations, she was reported to be loitering between the two camps of President Jammeh and the demonstrators. In facts, many strongly believed she was the one providing President and his henchmen up to date information about the demonstration and demonstrators. A little bird had it that she advised Fatou Camara’s assailants when to strike her. She was in the Jammeh’s hotel for more than four hours and when confronted by Banka Manneh, she said she was using the toilet casting more doubt on her already perfect imperfect conduct.

Currently, she is reported to be in police detention for more than three weeks. It is not yet known by her associates what lands her into police net this time, however, it is highly speculated that she is in for either drugs or shoplifting as she battles with drug addiction and alcoholic cravings. She is young with potential and therefore needs help to put herself together and take control of her life again. Kibaaro will do all it can to help her walk out of the current mess she is in.

ARMED ROBBERS STRIKE AT GT BANK, BAKAU BRANCH

September 6, 2014
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IGP SONKO

IGP SONKO

Shortly after Friday prayers, staff and some customers of GT Bank-Bakau Branch were momentarily held hostage by a gang of three heavily armed men dressed in haftans and wearing mask on their faces.  The armed robbers are reported to storm the bank with their weapons. Both unsuspecting and panic-stricken staff and customers within the premises were rudely ordered and roughly herded to a corner by the robbers. One of them took sentry at the entrance to wade off any unwelcome guest, the second robber threatened to kill anyone who attempts to raise an alarm or make a phone call while the third escorted the vault custodian to surrender all the monies in the safe.

According to information reaching Fatu Radio’s desk, the shaken lady handed him a couple of bags. He threatened to kill her if she fails to handover all the bags to him. As he shoved his gun on her but, she screamed in panic and the armed robber ran with the bags he collected. It is not yet confirmed how much money and in which currency is taken by the robbers but we are reliably informed that the police were quick in recovering D200, 000 after apprehending the three robbers and their taxi driver. A police informant who solicited anonymity disclosed to our investigative team that they first arrested the driver at a crash scene.

“When the police arrived at the accident scene after receiving information about the crash, they noticed an unusual behaviour about the driver. He was arrested and taken to the police station for further questioning”, our police source revealed.

It was during the police interrogation that the driver told them he was hired by the armed robbers and strictly instructed to cover his vehicle’s number plate to avoid any leads to him after their operation. Unfortunately for him, he crashed after fleeing hurriedly from the bank in panic. He led the police to where he dropped them and two of them who are allegedly said to be Gambia nationals were immediately arrested and detained at the Serious Crime Unit at the Police Headquarters in Banjul. Their third colleague, who was later arrested, is said to be deported from the UK.

It may interest you to note both President Jammeh and Amadou Samba-Chairman of the bank are its major shareholders. While some are speculating that President Jammeh might have a hand in the robbery, others maintain that the police only did a magnificent job in this robbery because they know President Jammeh owns half of the bank’s shares.

“How come the police are able  to do such a tremendous job in this robbery within a space of few hours while the murders of Ousman Koro Ceesay  and Deyda Hydara still remain unresolved?”, another source queries angrily.

LAWYER OUSAINOU DARBOE HAS QUESTIONED THE WISDOM OF PRESIDENT JAMMEH’S UNENDING TITLES.

September 6, 2014
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LAWYER DARBOE-THE PEOPLE'S LEADER

LAWYER DARBOE-THE PEOPLE’S LEADER

JAMMEH-THE SHEIKH WHO CANNOT RECITE FATHIHA

JAMMEH-THE SHEIKH WHO CANNOT RECITE FATHIHA

Speaking in an interview with The Standard at his Pipeline home, the veteran opposition who is banned from standing in the 2016 elections due to legal fetters said: “I did not know the president was being renamed Sheikh Professor Dr Alhaji Yahya AJJ Jammeh Nasiru Deen Babili Mansa and why I was not invited to attend the renaming ceremony. I do not see any genuine reason for all those accolades to be added to his name. I went to Mecca at the same time with Yahya Jammeh in 2000 but I never added to my name the title Alhaji. Great leaders like Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu received many honorary awards but never called themselves professor or doctor. I am called Lawyer Darboe because I worked for it with bachelors’ degree in law. I also did my bar to become a lawyer and did a master’s degree programme in legislative drafting, the first to do so in this country so I deserved the name. And what has he done to be given the title of Babil Mansa? It is certainly not for building a bridge at Janjangbureh which cannot even be called sea but a bolong. For him to deserve the title Babili Mansa let him go and build a bridge between Barra and Banjul then he will deserve the title. You cannot build a bridge across a small distance and insist on calling it sea…

“The late Imam Karamo Touray of Brikama and the likes of Ba-Kawsu Fofana, Al-Haiba Hydara and Baba Leigh were all arrested and detained by his regime. Jawara had been in power for thirty years and the Supreme Islamic Council was here but they never used to go on tour with him. What was the Supreme Islamic Council doing following the president on a tour of the country? I think the Supreme Islamic Council president should explain to us what they are doing now. I think Momodou Lamin Touray has to go back to Gunjur and think whether he is following the footsteps of his alleged teacher, the late Hatab Bojang. As the alleged successor to Hatab Bojang and a scholar from Gunjur which has produced great people like Ismaila Manjang and late Omar Bun Jeng I do not think he is following the footsteps of Hatab Bojang. It is high time the Supreme Islamic Council looked at its functions.”

Reacting to Darboe’s allegations, APRC national mobiliser and KMC Mayor Yankuba Colley stated: “It seems Ousainou Darboe does not know the difference between a sea and a bolong otherwise he would not have referred to the Janjangbureh bridge as a bolong. Ousainou and his people are those who were saying the revolution will only last for a few days, weeks, months and years but now it is twenty years old with a lot of development projects accomplished. We will bridge the Banjul-Barra crossing when the time comes because everything is stage by stage. When he talks about the arrest and detention of people he should know that this is a country governed by rule of law and nobody is above the law. If the people he talked about have not done anything then why were they arrested? Only blind people will fail to see the support President Jammeh has given to religion with mosques to be found at every kilometer of this country. President Jammeh sponsors hundreds of people on pilgrimage every year which no one had ever before done. I think Ousainou is just jealous.”

The Supreme Islamic Council president Lamin Touray in his riposte enunciated: “Our critics are enemies of Islam bent on driving a wedge between the council and the government. These are people who want to see the successful cooperation we have had with the government to promote the Islamic religion cease. By the might and grace of Allah, they shall not succeed in their mischief. Whatever Lawyer Darboe and anybody say about the Supreme Islamic Council, we submit our case to Allah to judge between us and them.”

Source: The Standard Newspaper

 

MOMODOU SABALLY BRUTALLY TORTURED AND LEFT TO RECOVER IN JANJANBUREH NOTORIOUS PRISON

September 5, 2014
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BABILI MANSA JAMMEH

BABILI MANSA JAMMEH

ERSTWHILE SG SABALLY

ERSTWHILE SG SABALLY

Dependable sources close to Momodou Sabally reaching Fatu Radio have indisputably confirmed the former Secretary General and Presidential Affairs Minister who was also disgracefully demoted to Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology shortly before his removal from office, has been severely tortured by ‘The Junglers’, a group of security personnel specifically trained to carry out state manage killings and tortures of vulnerable Gambians on the orders of The Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh. Sabally was arrested and detained even well before his removal as Minister for Higher Education contrary to what Gambians were told by GRTS news report. It was after the announcement of his dismissal on GRTS that he was later escorted to his office to hand over to his Permanent Secretary, Madi Ceesay.

“Sabally is in really very bad shape that even his wife could not recognise him. He was severely tortured and then heartlessly moved to Janjanbureh prison to heal naturally. How can anyone do such a heinous thing to another human being and sleep soundly?” Charged the source as tears burst from his eyes.

“None of his family members are allowed to see him including his wife and children due to his gruesome condition. Sabally was tortured shortly after his brief court appearance in Banjul.  His torture was planned hence the reason his trial adjourned to October 14 so that he could heal before his hearing begins”, furiously lamented another source.

President Jammeh is said to be very bitter with Sabally after he learned that Sabally tore his removal letter and threw it at the Vice President, Dr Aja Isatou Njie-Saidy. He also shitted himself with rage when he was informed that he Sabally claimed he was more educated, cultured, exposed and admired than Jammeh. Many believe this was all made up by security agents who were with Sabally at that time due to grudges they held against him when he was Secretary General and Presidential Affairs Minister. Many now understood why it took the state long to charge Sabally after his dismissal and quick appearance at court. President Jammeh gave detailed instructions on how the torture of Sabally should be orchestrated to teach his arrogant intellectual a lesson of his life. A little bird from Jammeh’s inner circle has it that Jammeh knew if Sabally was tortured before his first court appearance, he will inform the court about it. Consequently, his appearance at court, adjournment and subsequent tortured were all carefully state planned and orchestrated according to President Jammeh’s disposition.

Momodou Sabally was hastily arraigned at the high court in Banjul on 11 August 2014 and pleaded not guilty to all charges of economic crimes and abuse of office slammed on him by the Director of Public Prosecution, S.H. Barkun. It will be recalled Sabally who appeared in court without a lawyer applied for bail based on being a family and that he has already been in custody for five weeks and had “cooperated fully with his investigators”.  Unsurprisingly, his appeal for bail was quickly denied by court which reasoned that his investigation was still inconclusive.

However, the judge ruled that since both parties agreed that the investigation is yet to be completed, he does not think the court should at this stage grant bail. Below are the charges brought against Sabally: In May 2014, Sabally committed an offence when as secretary general he caused economic loss to Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC) to the tune of D402, 500 by unduly influencing the corporation to fund the ‘Youth Career Development’ programme of one Mariama Sillah without recourse to due process, and thereby committed an offence. The second and third counts stated that he committed an offence when he abused his office as the secretary general, by influencing the SSHFC to sponsor the said programme.It further alleged that this was in “flagrant abuse of his office”, and that he “blatantly disregarded due process” when he influenced the SSHFC to sponsor the programme.

Source: Fatu Radio