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THE RESISTANCE IS BUT A FESTIVAL OF FORMAL AFFAIRS UNLESS…

September 20, 2014
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GAMBIAN DEMONSTRATORS

GAMBIAN DEMONSTRATORS

The “struggle” has been recently rechristened the “resistance”. Either befits, it all just depends on who is talking; the old school or the young-who would rather bring their message to the street for everyday Gambians to digest. Did I just say “everyday Gambians”? Oh yeah very crystal but please don’t ask me who are they. You see sometimes in the heat of a moment one is confronted by thoughts I often prefer to push and bury in the back of my mind. But the problem is they keep on resurfacing every now and again such that I am now left with no option but to dare the devil once and for all.  Two fundamental issues:

  1. What is the resistance all about?
  2. What kind of Gambia do we want post-Jammeh era?

Most often when you speak to most Gambians, they unilaterally concur that Jammeh must go. Inferring from such consummating desire for Jammeh’s exit, one cannot help but conclude the resistance is nothing but “Jammeh must go”. They certainly believed that once Jammeh is gone, Gambia’s problem is solved. That is but a desirable wishful thinking. Briefly, our fervent desire to usher or push Jammeh through the exit door has impaired our minds from seeing and tackling the more death-defying malaise abetting the resurgence of other lethal Jammehs. This leads to the second question, what kind of Gambia do we want post-Jammeh era?

Without mincing words, I would affirm a Gambia that radiates each word and every verse of the national anthem:

For the Gambia, our homeland

We strive and work and pray

That all may live in unity

Freedom and peace each day.

Let justice guide our actions

Towards the common good

And join our diverse peoples

To prove man’s brotherhood

We pledge our firm allegiance

Our promise we renew

Keep us great God of nations

To the Gambia ever true.

When Jammeh and his self-anointed “Soldiers with a difference” usurped power from the PPP elected regime, they almost had a unanimous consensus from Gambians to prove themselves that they are indeed “Soldiers with a difference”. Unfortunately, their difference was abundantly manifested in the dishonourable ways they flaunted and mutilated the hopes and dreams of the majority of Gambians who saw a beacon of hope and positive change in them.

Firstly, Jammeh began by undermining the supremacy of the constitution. Furthermore, he systematically transformed the organs of government into institutionalized politics of individuality and empowered the presidency as the supreme alpha and omega of the state functionality.  It is common knowledge that governments come and go but technocrats, the civil service and security services stay. Nevertheless, in the Gambian scenario under the guidance ship of Babili Mansa Jammeh, when he goes all these once independent institutions will very likely disperse and exit with him.

Let us take the National Assembly as an example. In many democratic situations, members of parliament take to task their very own party when they are found wanton. What do we have in the Gambia? Elected parliamentarians bending their backsides and tilling the land for the president and as if that is not enough disregard of their expectations but stand in front of national TV cameras and assert, “Farming for President Jammeh is a national duty and obligation”. What is more despicable than that fellow Gambians? Therefore, to expect such members of the national assembly to check and limit the ever encroaching powers of the President tantamount to feeding a pig with gold nuggets. For a post-Jammeh Gambia to free, fair and independent the national assembly must be given a complete overhaul to ban any resurgence of another Jammeh incarnate.

Equally despicable is the president’s use of the security forces to advance his personal agenda. The Police Force is constitutionally instituted as an independent unit to police the society, enforce the law, prevent crime and protect life and property is transmuted into an instrument of instilling fear, harassment and intimidation at best and a brutal force at worst. It can be argued about the NIA and the army.

What is even more laughable and unfathomable is the use of religion and religious clerics to justify the presidential atrocities. Who would have thought in a million years an imam not to mention the supreme Islamic Council will lend a hand at President Jammeh’s farm?  Na wahala, my Nigerian mates will call it. But to see these pathetic imams, Supreme Islamic council bending down, and farming for President Jammeh is a double wahala fellow Gambians. In sum, President Jammeh has successfully prostituted everything worth preserving in to Gambia, ranging from family cohesion to national and social institutions, to satiate his power drunkenness. To therefore believe that his mere exit without remedying this viral malaise is likened to wanting a woman one can never have even in the remotest of dream.

Then it is fitting to start thinking outside the box and building foundation for the restoration and preservation of our once upon a time independent and enviable institutions. For instance, the constitution’s supremacy must not only be restored but also jealously guided by independent legislature and judiciary. Equally important is the taking ownership of accounting and probing elected representatives by Gambian electorates. Yes a two-term limit for the presidency will help curb leaders overstaying their welcome at the same time according others to contribute their quotas, too.

Am I within limit to assert the “resistance” is but a festival of formal affairs unless we start thinking and acting outside the box?

Sulayman Jeng, Birmingham, UK

TIME COST AND HUMAN CAPITAL DAMAGE OF ONE MAN RULE IN GAMBIA

September 20, 2014
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SARJO BAYANG

SARJO BAYANG

JAMMEH, THE  UNRELENTING TYRANT

JAMMEH, THE UNRELENTING TYRANT

An autopsy by Sarjo Bayang

Money and material loss quickly comes to mind whenever people talk about 20 years misrule in Gambia. By good account of time and human capital cost since the advent of military dictatorship, overall loss to Gambia as a nation is scary to imagine.

Freezing Human Capital Stock

In all fairness with regards to capacity building of Gambians, more people have gained employable skills and other specialised functional capabilities in last 20 years compared to what obtained before military rule. There are good reasons for that.  It was in last 20 years that Gambia home grown university education came to doorstep of those who would have never had the chance. That alone opened up doors permitting considerable numbers to enrol for various degree and professional courses.

Another situation is that those who could not cope with adversities of military dictatorship since July 1994 coup had to leave. Many of those who fled the country later discovered better use of time abroad to pursue higher education in various disciplines. It is unlikely that some of those who made advances towards capacity building pursuits abroad will choose to risk returning to Gambia soon. With the hostile political climate reaching boiling temperatures, a good stock of Gambian human capital will remain frozen abroad. At individual level, each person strives to achieve personal goals. By account of national assets, some people may never return to Gambia during their active working age.

Those who brave the political storms and prefer staying in the name of service to the nation still have limitations. The truth is that skills and abilities don’t matter in Gambia under military dictatorship since July 1994 coup. People are given jobs not to serve but pay allegiance. From the president to rest of the public servant, work ethics are at lowest performance standards. People are afraid to be reported more about their loyalty to dictatorial powers than lower output in performance measures.

Looking at the two extreme brackets clearly indicates a situation of freezing human capital stock that is here to stay for time. Hopefully someday, freedom of work prevails and performance reigns over allegiance to the boss.

Spiralling Time Trap

Starting with active politicians then the nation’s youth population everyone is entangled in a time trap by crafty design of dictatorship. To understand the nature and effectiveness of this time trap takes little thinking.

Soon after the July 1994 coup and just before gaining full control first thing that the junta conceived and put on hold was political activity. There was total clamp down on all political activities but that did not stop the ruling junta from going into popularity shows, a scheme of deception to brainwash Gambians.

It was during that period when the junta made loud noise about crude oil money diverted by deposed Jawara regime for personal use. It was all sensational news for people of Gambia to be told that deposed President Sir Dawda Jawara stole public money by virtue of his position. Everyone was keen to know what other skeletons remained in the cupboards of that high office.  Later it turned out that the junta was just about witch hunting for a name.

While striving hard to discredit deposed President Jawara and his government for corruption and abuse of high office, the junta began other popularity campaigns. The junta leader printed his personal photo on packaging material of public health drugs as image selling scheme. Did it work for him though?

Ministers and public servants of deposed Jawara regime have been arrested, detained, and tortured.  Some of them had their properties confiscated including homes and other personal possessions.

As public attention was drawn on alleged bad dealings of deposed Jawara regime, the junta leader and his cohorts spared no time stealing public money through magnetic under hands.

In what they planned to prolong their illegal rule, the junta quickly set up kangaroo courts and bogus commissions of enquiry into alleged economic crime by deposed Jawara regime.

Political parties were banned from activity giving the military junta total monopoly to propagate their grand schemes of deception.

Quickly it emerged that little known junior army ranks decided resigning and to become full time politicians.  Before resigning (by what the public was told) the junta cohorts promoted themselves from lower to higher military ranks. Still no political activity permitted, the junta eventually sneaked to become political leaders in a nation that did not invite them.

By holding everyone hostage, it was smooth transition from parliamentary democracy to military dictatorship and the clock still ticks on 20 years since.

Confident that his methods of inducing fear worked so well for his interest Gambian dictator continues testing waters. Having so woefully failed the nation and people of Gambia in all regards, the next giant move of Gambia’s self-imposed life president is to be crowned king. Everyone is caught in a time trap where some people keep zipped mouths. Such is the magnitude of political earthquake in Gambia spanning already 20 years on gigantic time trap with devastating spiral effect while the clock still ticks on.

Balance Sheet of Social Capital Assets and Liabilities

As nation and people of Gambia continue to experience worst form of dictatorship amidst intolerable corruption levels at leadership the true Balance Sheet remains to be known.

Political demagogues and sycophants take to centre stage by incredible proportion. It is no longer important to be skilful or boast of talent. Those who trade on cajoling and schmoozers enjoy the best of good treats. You only have to belong and all doors are open.

Social capital formation of Gambia continues to experience such a decline that majority of those in public offices only stay for their pockets.  Gossips and hero worship have become norms. Anyone seen to be upholding ethical work principles get criticised and at worse alienated for doing right.

Gambia is sinking largely because public resources are grossly abused by a bunch of social capital liabilities whose only interest is filling their deep pockets for selfish gains. Sooner or later, this state of affairs will render total breakdown almost beyond repairs.

 Counterproductive Public Service

Voluntary unemployment is the term used for people on payroll whose performance does not compensate their cost of remuneration adding all other inducements. These include people occupying high public positions where lot of public resources are committed. Since July 1994 military coup, Gambian public sector is crowded by such people in their majority. They simply feed on resources while failing to deliver what their office duty requires. This starts from office of the president where productivity levels reveal zero reading on the scoreboard. What makes matters even more serious is the additional damage incurred, by same people disallowing capable public servants to perform their rightful duties.

Counterproductive forces in Gambia have gained greater power pull in the tug-of-war between genuine public servants and retrogressive individuals. For some time it appeared as though nothing mattered. In the long run however damage done by counterproductive public service proved fatal enough for all to see.

Nothing seems moving along the direction of improvement about this most serious problem. Yet still it remains a taboo. The truth is best known even to those enjoying the loot. When everything falls to pieces, it takes everyone to bear the pain.

So much damage is already done. Gambia requires full recovery from 20 years wreckage. The nation continues to experience colossal loss of finance and material resources. With equal or more serious damage to human capital and time cost in vast ways recovery does not come by chance.

How a nation of 2 million permits one person rule so long with such damaging results is seriously baffling.

Best possible scenario is that once military dictatorship is unseated, there are prospects more capable hands will join up to recover from 20 years wreckage.

MILE II PRISONS DESPICABLE CONDITIONS EXPOSED AS NJOGOU BAH LANGUISHES IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

September 18, 2014
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MILE II CENTRAL PRISON

MILE II CENTRAL PRISON

CRAMPED INMATES

CRAMPED INMATES

An authoritative source from the Ministry of Interior has reliably informed Fatu Radio that former SG Njogou Bah and former Justice Minister Lamin Jobarteh have put into solitary confinement after mobile phones and some amounts of money were allegedly found in their possession respectively by some prison wardens. According to the source, the discovery was a result of routine checks on cells and inmates by the prison authority.

“Both men are reported to be in good shape. No signs of manhandling or illness were noted on them as they were quickly whisked to confinement. The wing is the worst section and all inmates dread it very much. I cannot confirm yet if they were tortured in confinement but Oga was definitely very upset with the news”, the source revealed.

Fatu radio was also privileged with nerve-racking confidential information on the menacing conditions of the prison which inmates dubbed as ‘unfit for animal habitation’. “Between November and February each year is a period when most inmates die as a result of the ever-increasing deplorable conditions. Poor sanitation, mosquitoes and unbalanced diet all adds to the untimely dead in the prison”, the source further added.

When the Investigative Team of Fatu Radio asked the source if families of dead inmates are usually informed of the demise of their love ones, the source replied “Not at all. They quickly bury them just near the confinement wing which has been designated as the prison graveyard. What is even more disheartening about these unlawful burials is the lack of observation of religious rites for the dead. Prison Officers would only say minus 4 for instance when four inmates died”.

The source told Fatu Radio that Bombardeh is no longer the strong and well-trained guy he used to be. He disclosed that he must have stopped his daily exercise. Ousman Sanneh alias ‘Sembeh’ is paralysed, he was Drug Squad Ex-Commander of Operations is paralysed waist down due to concomitant torture by his captors. The source also highlighted that Amadou Sanneh is seriously weak and does not have access to his diabetes medication.

Inmates who suffer from diabetics and other terminal illness are not given medication. “Paracetamol is a luxury”, lamented the source. No mosquito sprays, bed sheets, proper mattresses and to make matters worse, old inmates are compelled to give up their beds to new ones. As a result, some are left with no choices but to sleep in appalling toilets dampened with human wastes, flies and cockroaches. All inmates look up the ex-military inmates for survival. New Senior Government arrivals are subjected to thorough scrutiny to ascertain their loyalty and confess their involvement before they are accepted. Government loyalists are often rejected by inmates as they are viewed as traitors.

The prison runs three square meals:

BREAKFAST: consists of bread and butter with chura Gerteh

LUNCH comprises Bennachin, Chuwi Diwtir, Chuwi Yappa-one piece of meat for each inmate

DINNER is always Chereh with Koba fish.

Inmates who want proper food have to pay cooks huge amounts.

They are locked up at 5 pm every day and let out by 10 am for a couple of hours. When outside for recreation, they are only allowed to play lodo and scrabble. Inmates are not allowed any ‘ataya’. For any inmate to remain happy in the prisons, he or she has to make the prison officers happy. Many inmates also complaint of their stuff been stolen by prison wardens.

Most inmates who perform their prayers are forced to do so on their bed due to overcrowding in the cells. Each inmate is given a silver bowl, a spoon, a fork with only one uniform for his or her entire stay. Most inmates are very bitter and angry, some vow to revenge once they are out. They want the world to know about their condition

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.

Halifa Sallah Confronts Banjul Central NAM to Stop Day Dreaming and Face Reality

September 9, 2014
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Why should a man of your calibre put a debate on Kingship on the historical agenda at this juncture of human civilisation?-Halifa Sallah

Why would a man of your calibre put a debate on Kingship on the historical agenda at this juncture of human civilisation?-Halifa Sallah

I was misquoted by Halifa Sallah and Lawyer Ousainou Darboe – Abdoulie Saine NAM for Banjul Central

The National Assembly Member (NAM) for Banjul central Hon.Abdoulie Saine was crying baby in a national assembly session that he was misquoted by Halifa Sallah and lawyer Ousainou Darbo when he suggested president Babilimansa to be crowned King of the Gambia. Mr. Saine in his rambling said, what he suggested was a constitutional monarch and not absolute monarchy. This has led to Halifa Sallah confronting the NAM for Banjul central in an open letter. In the letter Mr. Sallah questioned the rationale of Mr.Saine’s agument. The politician cum sociologist battled the fumbling Mr.Saine that by suggesting that the Gambia revert to constitutional monarchy Mr.Saine wants to live almost five decades behind time and would be out of step with both modern civilization and the constitution he has sworn to defend. Below is the full text of the open letter addressed to Hon.Abdoulie Saine of Banjul Central:

Posterity compels me to address this letter to you questioning why a man of your calibre would put a debate on Kingship on the historical agenda at this juncture of human civilisation and further drag me into it. I hope in initiating this debate you have alerted your mind to Section 112 of the Constitution which states: “all members shall regard themselves as servants of the people of The Gambia desist from any conduct by which they seek improperly to enrich themselves or alienate themselves from the people, and shall discharge their duties and functions in the interest of the nation as a whole and in doing so, shall be influenced by the dictates of conscience and the national interest”

I hope the dictates of conscience, sense of duty to people and the national interest will guide the spirit of this debate. First and foremost, I must remind you that you were elected and further took oath to uphold and defend a Constitution which states under Section 1 and 2 that :

“The Gambia is a Sovereign Republic“ “The Sovereignty of The Gambia resides in the people of The Gambia from whom all organs of government derive their authority and in whose name and for whose welfare and prosperity the powers of government are to be exercised in accordance with this Constitution “ You have sworn to uphold and defend a Republic under which authority to govern is connected with dependent on and determined by the sovereign will of the people Now you are arguing for Gambia to become a constitutional monarchy. What is a constitutional Monarchy?

What is constitutional Monarchy? Gambians who know their history know what constitutional monarchy means and would not be calling for a return to it which would amount to a retrogressive step towards a defunct era. One has to read the 1965 Constitution to know the nature and characteristics of constitutional monarchy. The Gambia was a constitutional monarchy in 1965. This is why Section 62 of the 1965 Constitution stated: “The Executive authority of the Gambia is vested in her Majesty” In order to exercise executive power, Section 29 provided for the office of governor general “…who shall be appointed by her Majesty and shall hold office during Her Majesty’s pleasure and who shall be her majesty’s representative in the Gambia” Section 60 empowered the Governor General to .”… at anytime prorogue or dissolve parliament .” Section 66 stated that “ the function of Cabinet shall be to advise the Governor General in the Government of the Gambia “ Now who did the governor owed allegiance and obedience to? Was it the Gambian people? Not at all. His oath of office reads:

“ I do swear ( or solemnly affirm) that i will well and truly serve her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her heirs and successors, in the office of the Governor General of The Gambia.”

Hence under a monarchy sovereignty resides in the monarch who cannot be removed from office. A Monarch is not a representative of a people. A monarch is not elected. The throne is inherited by their children and grand children on the basis of blood line until they are overthrown as had happened in France in 1789 or defeated and given ceremonial roles as is the case in many countries in Europe. In fact threat of an Arab spring made the monarchs in Morocco and Jordan to make concessions to move towards constitutional monarchy through devolution of more power to representative institutions. The progressive route established by the history of human kind is to move from absolute monarchies to constitutional monarchies which comes with devolution of power to representative institutions and then to Republics which hands over all power to the people. The Gambian people went to a referendum in 1970 and voted in favor of a Republic instead of retaining constitutional monarchy. The Gambian people fully asserted, without ambiguity or equivocation that in a land of equals no one is fit to lead without the consent of the others. This is why elections are periodically held to elect a president, members of the National Assembly and Members of Councils.

Such representatives are considered servants of the people and not their lords. Hence a Gambian who is fully conscious that sovereignty resides in him or her would not consider himself or herself a lesser being than those who occupy positions of representation, on the contrary, one would see them as equals who by virtue of choice are in fact servants of all. Hence if the member for Banjul Central would want Gambia to return to the past he has his right to propagate his vision. He should however realise that he would be living almost five decades behind time and would be out of step with both modern civilisation and the constitution he has sworn to defend.

My advice to him in particular and all Gambians in general is to shelve this fruitless debate. I have told people in the countryside that when a person stands in the middle of the crowd to argue in broad day light that the moon was shining in the sky and not the sun all should pass and leave him or her alone. In short, every Gambian has witnessed that the president goes to vote during Presidential, National Assembly and council elections. He takes only one ballot token and cast it for the candidate of his choice in secret. Has he ever demanded for more than one ballot token or all to be given to him to cast because he is president? This confirms that the president is equal to all in terms of citizenship and has only one vote which cannot make any one president. No Gambian could ever see another Gambian political figure as a superior being by birth. Gambia has become a Republic as a result of political evolution of her people. This is the verdict of history and it is irrevocable

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.