28 November 2012

Gambia: Judgement Set for 'Impersonator' of SG, AG

Principal Magistrate Hilary Abeke is expected to deliver judgement of a single count charge pressed against Ebrima Boye alias Alhagie Boye for impersonating the secretary general and head of the Civil Service Dr. Njogu Bah and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Lamin Jobarteh, contrary to the Laws of The Gambia.

The accused pleaded guilty to the charge. However, the police prosecutor, Sergeant 413 Sanyang commenced narrating facts of the case before the court. He said that it happened sometime in the months of October and November 2012, when one Malang Njie of Banjulinding who is a father-in-law of the accused received phone calls from a person who identified himself as Musa Boye who is a father to the accused (Ebrima Boye alias Alhagie Boye), of Bansang with phone number 7328235.

The prosecutor explained that the caller told him that his son had returned from Europe to the Gambia and saved D3M at the Central Bank of the Gambia (CBG) and that his grandson took the account number from him and withdrew all the money from the Central Bank. He said he gave the said money out to three different people on loan and each of the three persons have acknowledged receipt of the money.

The prosecutor stated that the said Musa Boye told Malang Njie that after they demanded from three persons to pay back the money and they failed to comply, they were all arrested and taken to the police station and the Honorable Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Lamin Jobarteh is their lawyer and is helping them to recover the money.

Sgt. Sanyang continued that after sometime, the said Musa Boye called Malang Njie on phone and informed him that the matter was taken to court and is finished hence the court ruled in their favour and ordered that the three persons (debtors) should pay the money and one of them had already paid the one million dalasis (1, 000, 000) into his Central Bank account.

He said that Malang Njie should give his account number to his son-in-law and then the said Malang Njie gave the accused his Access Bank account number 0051510020888. The prosecutor said that Malang Njie was further told that he should also give his Gambian National ID card to his son-in-law, the accused, which he did.

Sgt. Sanyang further stated that the said Musa Boye told Malang Njie that the SG, Dr Njogu Bah is also helping them in the recovering the money and that his ID card will be given to Dr Njogu Bah who will take Malang Njie to Mecca for Hajj.

He also explained that from time to time Malang Njie would received calls from unknown person who claimed to be Dr Njogu Bah, the Secretary General and head of the Civil Service who do tell him (Malang Njie) that his son-in-law, Ebrima Boye alias Alhagie Boye has informed him about the transaction concerning the recovering of the monies and taking him (Malang Njie) to Mecca for Hajj, adding that he (Njie) should be patient because he (Dr Njogu Bah) is working on it and the money has been paid into the Central Bank, which part of it will be transferred to Njie's account.

The case was adjourned to 28th November 2012 for the prosecution to complete narrating the facts before the judgement.

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