As dictator Yahya Jammeh, has waged an all-out war against Gambian ethnic groups, he suspects to have not been loyal to his autocratic regime, the State Counsel, who was helping the Director of Public Prosecution to deliver a guilty verdict against Gambia’s erudite opposition leader and respected Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and co, has absconded from the jurisdiction of The Gambia, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. State Counsel Abubakarr Drammeh, who is a native of Dippa-Kunda, absconded today, under disguise that he was attending a funeral in Senegal. Sources said Mr. Drammeh has no funeral engagement in Senegal. He told Gambian border guards that he was attending a funeral in Senegal, when stopped at the border.
Mr. Drammeh’s conscience couldn’t allow him to partake in a shame politically motivated trial. He was also under increasing pressure from the State to work with the DPP so that Darboe and co could be convicted by the compromised judiciary. Hence, Lawyer Drammeh, decided to leave the country in search of safety. He is believed to be currently residing in a neighboring country, while his former bosses at the Attorney General’s Chambers are working with the judge overseeing Darboe and co’s case to nail them legally.
A source who reached us earlier said: “ It has come to our attention that the State wants to jail Ousainou Darboe and co. The State Counsel, who was working with the DPP Abubakarr Drammeh, has absconded from the jurisdiction of The Gambia. He briefly worked with the DPP during Darboe and co’s trial. This was the chap taking notes while the DPP was prosecuting Darboe and co,” said our source.
“I can confirm to you that Abubakarr Drammeh has safely existed out of the country. He is beyond Jammeh’s reach. He is in a safe area—outside the jurisdiction of The Gambia. Jammeh wanted to use him to jail Darboe and co, but he refused. That’s why he is on the run,” our source added.
Mr. Drammeh’s absconding will no doubt a cause a dent on the image of the regime. He is privy to a lot of details in regards to the case of Darboe and co. He was one of the youngest lawyers at the AG Chambers.
More government officials are likely to abscond in coming hours. The status quo is crumbling.