Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Senior Agriculture Officials Charged with theft, remanded


Five senior officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, who are standing trial on charges of theft have been denied bail and the Banjul Magistrates Court presided by Magistrate Alagbe Taiwo Ade has ordered for their remand on February 1, 2011.
The five, Dr. Amadou Sowe Permanent Secretary I, Abdourahman Jobe Permanent Secretary II, Mustapha Jatta Accounts Clerk, Bakary L.O Sonko Deputy Director Cape Point and Momodou Mbye Jabang Project Manager GNAIP Fund are all charged with theft but are being tried separately and are represented counsels Lamin S. Camara and Antouman Gaye.
The have since pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.
Senior counsel Antouman Gaye informed the court that they stood by the submission made by counsel Lamin S. Camara for the court to grant bail to Momodou Mbye Jabang, who was the first to be arraigned on January 31.
However, the application was rejected by the trial Magistrate, who ordered for the accused to taken into custody at the Mile II Central Prison until the next adjourned date of February 10, 2011.
Charge
Stealing by Clerk and Servant Contrary to Section 258 of the Criminal Code Cap 10 Volume III Laws of The Gambia 1990.
Abdourahman Jobe between the month of March to September, 2010 at the Ministry of Agriculture at the Quadrangle in the city of Banjul, Republic of the Gambia, by virtue of your position as Permanent Secretary II, you fraudulently approved and received on various occasion the total sum of D87, 400 from the Gambia National Agriculture Investment Programme (GNAIP) fund, thereby committed an offence.
Mustapha Jatta between the month of march to September, 2010 at the Ministry of Agriculture at the Quadrangle in the city of Banjul, Republic of the Gambia, by virtue of your position as Accounts clerk, you fraudulently received on various occasion the total sum of D69, 500.00 from the Gambia National Agriculture Investment Programme (GNAIP) fund, thereby committed an offence.
Dr. Amadou Sowe between the month of march to September, 2010 at the Ministry of Agriculture at the Quadrangle in the city of Banjul, Republic of the Gambia, by virtue of your position as Permanent Secretary 1, you fraudulently approved and received on various occasion the total sum of D314, 133.62 from the Gambia National Agriculture Investment Programme (GNAIP) fund, thereby committed an offence.
Bakary L.O Sonko between the month of march to September, 2010 at the Quadrangle in the city of Banjul, Republic of the Gambia, by virtue of your position as Deputy Director Cape Point, you fraudulently received on various occasion the total sum of D303, 000.00 from the Gambia National Agriculture Investment Programme (GNAIP) fund, thereby committed an offence.
Momodou Mbye Jabang between the month of September 2010 at the Ministry of Agriculture at Quadrangle Banjul, by virtue of your position as project manager, you fraudulently receive on various occasion    the total sum of D350, 606.00  from the  Gambia  national agricultural  investment programme GNAIP fund thereby committed  an offence.
Police prosecutors, Superintendent Sainey Joof and ASP Manneh are standing in for the State. Source: The Voice

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