|Police Chief, Ensa Badjie|
Thursday, May 10, 2012
“I Never Begged for ‘Tobaski’ Ram from SillabaSamateh”
Lt Colonel Mam Matarr Secka, former administrative officer and officer commanding transport at the Gambia Armed Forces has denied the claim that he begged a ‘Tobaski’ ram from SillabaSamateh.
This allegation had been earlier levied by SillabaSamateh in his testimony, but the former top military officer told the High Court that the allegation is false, saying “I worked and I am a responsible man.”
Lt Col Secka stands accused on multiple criminal offenses together with another dismissed top army officer Major KulutehManneh and embattled former police chief, EnsaBadjie.
Among other charges which include corruption, abuse of office, economic crime, defraud, sedition, they were allegedly selling illicit drugs, claiming to be engaged in the illicit trade by President Jammeh. However, they denied the allegations as unfounded.
SillabaSamateh, a suspected drug dealer, is the state’s prime witness but jumped bail under controversial circumstances before the completion his testimony.
Now his time to tell his side of the story, Secka also denied having aircraft training as alleged in the court. He denied further that he had a meeting with his alleged accomplices in the drug trade.
Author: Binta A Bah