Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Military Officer Testifies in Alleged Casamance Rebels’ Case

Lieutenant Ousman Bojang, a military officer on Wednesday testified against the 17 suspected rebels from troubled-Casamance region of Senegal charged with illegal possession of firearms in The Gambia.
Yusuf Ceesay and co have alleged entered with arms into The Gambian territory without authority. They are being tried here in The Gambia. 
 Mr. Bojang who appeared as the 3rd prosecution witness told the court that in October last year, he and some officers went to Bajana where the villagers informed that there were armed men loitering around their rice fields.
He said they were unable to see any of them but his colleague who hid on the other side of rice field informed him that 12 suspects were caught in Gambian territory who later led them to where their weapons were hidden.
The officer further told the court that on the 3rd day he got the information that two suspected rebels staying in a compound called Colley Kunda in Besse Village were arrested. He said both admitted being part of the 17 rebels who entered with arms into Gambian territory. He added that no document was found on them, but some arms were recovered from them and the suspects were later transferred to the NIA Headquarters.
The following day, he explained, “I got information that one of the rebels was heading toward Serrekunda. We immediately rushed to the Bullock Check Point, where the suspect was arrested with a motor bike with registration No. MC WD 0210”.
He said a suspect Aziz Kujabi told him that he was among the rebels and that he handed-over his weapon to someone when he entered the Gambia.
The case resume February 10.

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