Gambia: Gambian govt probes into ex-president Jammeh’s assets

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The new commission of inquiry probing into the assets and financial dealings of former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh continues its sittings in Banjul hearing testimonies from top bankers in the West African nation.

Since coming into power early this year, the new Gambian government has accused Jammeh of amassing wealth and numerous properties within and outside the country.

So far, it is alleged, he illegally acquired 131 landed properties, 88 bank accounts and 14 companies in Gambia.

Testifying before the commission, Karamo Jawara, principal banking officer at the Central Bank of The Gambia made revelations revolving around the account of Carnegie Mineral Mining Company opened on 23 January 2007 by Jammeh and associates.

He said the purpose for opening the account was not made clear and that Gambia’s Accountant General under Jammeh wrote to the bank to open the account.

Jawara gave details of financial transactions of the account, saying there was a deposit of 154,570,749 Gambian dalasis and a withdrawal of D154, 460,118.77, for the period of 2007 to 21 January 2017.

According to him, most of the withdrawals were signed by former Secretary General and Presidential Minister, Momodou Sabally and Nuha Touray an official in former president Jammeh’s office.

Another person to testify before the commission was the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Gambia Ltd, Bolaji Ayodele, who said Jammeh and his associates opened and signed for the Gambia Revenue tax recovery account with his bank.

Ayodele furnished the commission with cash withdraws and deposits as well as related documents.

The statement of account was also tendered and admitted. Deposit and withdrawal documents were admitted.

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17 Agosto 2017 19:24:54

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