It is often said “money is power” and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) under the leadership Yankuba Badjie, is under the payroll of some “powerful and influential” businessmen in the country. It took businessman Morr Jobe, a western union local dealer, to have one of his longest serving associates Mr. Dan Njie, arrested and detained by merely asking his NIA DG neighbor Yankuba Badjie to help him take Njie into custody. Both Mr. Morr Jobe and Yankuba Badjie live in Brusubi. The duo are neighbors. Dan Njie has been under the custody of the NIA since on Monday. He has been denied access to his family and lawyer.
The circumstances surrounding the illegal arrest and detention of Mr. Dan Njie, a native of Medina Bai Mass, and also a former graduate of Muslim High School, basically had to do with a complaint filed against him by his employer Morr Jobe, to the NIA DG Yankuba Badjie. Hence, which led to his secret arrest and kidnapping by the NIA.
Mr. Morr Jobe, who hails from Old Perseverance Street Banjul, has accused Mr. Njie of allegedly embezzling an amount of nine hundred and twelve thousand dalasi ( D 912,000) from his western union money transfer business. There is no evidence to that effect to substantiate the allegations against Mr. Njie. The NIA is acting in concert with Morr Jobe to bully this poor former employee of Morr Jobe.
Mr. Jobe is operating western union outlets in various parts of the country. His company is called MJ Financial Services. Dan Njie, was running his West-field outlet for him.
It should be noted that Mr. Dan Njie started working for Morr Jobe, when he graduated from High School, twenty eight years ago. He could have traveled and pursue higher education or opportunities overseas, but he decided to stay in The Gambia. He is a close member of the Jobe family. In fact, the Jobe family hosted him when he was attending High School in Banjul.
The alleged offense filed by Mr. Morr Jobe, against Dan Njie is beyond the scope of the NIA. It falls under the purview (domain) of the police. The police have full jurisdiction on matters relating to embezzlement, and theft.
The NIA has once again overstepped its bounds. All NIA operations must be sanctioned (approved) by Yahya Jammeh, if the 1997 constitution is to be invoked. But Yankuba Badjie acted on his own to order for the arrest and kidnapping of Mr. Dan Njie, without the prior knowledge or approval of his Command-in-chief Yahya Jammeh.
Yankuba Badjie has reduced the NIA as a Civil matter and police cases settlement ground. Badjie has been bought by some businessmen including the Lebanese Community. That’s the naked truth.
Acting outside court order or legal sanctioning, Morr Jobe took the property title deed belonging to Mr. Dan Njie, from Njie’s wife, while Mr. Njie is away in the hands of the NIA. Morr Jobe, was quoted as saying that he was going to sell Mr. Njie’s property in order to recover his purported stolen D912, 000 dalasi. Yet, they say The Gambia is a nation of rule of law. This is absurd.
As we file this story, Dan Njie’s compound title deed is in the hands of Morr Jobe. Mr. Jobe has taken Njie’s title deed without legal approval. Since the corrupt NIA DG, is his boy, boy, he thinks that he can act otherwise.
When contacted for comment, Mr. Morr Jobe, hung up the phone as soon as this Editor identified himself as someone calling from the Freedom Newspaper. Mr. Jobe refused to grand us an audience to discuss the arrest and detention of one of his employees Dan Njie by the NIA.