Senegal: Nigerian-born Chief Justice of Gambia resigns

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Nigerian-born Chief Justice of Gambia, Mr. Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle, has resigned from his position and left the Gambia for his home country, PANA confirmed from here Tuesday.

According to official sources, Justice Fagbenle left the Gambia on Saturday, 21 January, the day former President Yahya Jammeh went into exile after agreeing to leave power peacefully amid intense pressure.

''I cannot serve two masters,'' Justice Fagbenle was quoted as saying shortly before leaving Gambia.

The Chief Justice's resignation came in the wake of Gambia's recent political crises, sparked by former President Jammeh's moves to annul the 1 December election results, having conceded defeat and congratulated the winner, Adama Barrow.

Jammeh, during the political impasse ran to Gambia's Supreme Court with a petition against the election results. The court which was headed by Justice Fagbenle could not sit over Jammeh's petition due to lack of the required number of judges.

Jammeh and his Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) party later filed an injunction urging the Chief Justice to stop Adama Barrow from being sworn-in as president and assuming office on 19 January.

Presiding over the injunction, Justice Fagbenle said he could not stop Barrow from being sworn-in and adjourned the petition case to May or November 2017, saying its hearing would continue when judges were available.
-0- PANA MLJ/VAO 24Jan2017

24 january 2017 13:44:13

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