The trial of the accused Petroleum Ministry staffers and Board Members have started in earnest, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. As reported earlier, ten people have been charged with economic crime. The charges carried ten years imprisonment if convicted by a court of law. The men briefly appeared before Magistrate Omar Cham of the Banjul magistrates’ court on Wednesday, before they were remanded in prison custody.
Among the charged officials include: Ms. Sira Wally Ndow Njie, the former Petroleum Minister, who was recently deployed to the Tourism Ministry as Deputy Minister, Nuha Touray, the former Secretary to Cabinet, Momodou Badjie, Managing Director of the GNPNC, Fafa Sanyang, Permanent Secretary at the Petroleum Ministry, Seedy Kanyi, General Manager, Gambia Transport Services Corporation, Cherno Marenah, former Solicitor General, Muntaga Sallah, former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum, Momodou Taal, Civil Servant, Moses Mendy, also a Civil Servant and businessman Idrissa Jobe.
The arraignment of the accused persons, followed a criminal complaint filed against them by the state. Henceforth, Magistrate Cham ordered for the remanding of the accused persons.
All charged public officials including board members of the GNPNC have had their services terminated.
Meanwhile, a source who reached us said: “I have reliable information about the GNPC fuel scandal which I want you to follow up. This is battle of two Oil Barons in the country. Edi Jobe is the one who let the cat out of the bag. He resigned as board Chairman when he fell out with Momodou Badjie, the MD, on the procurement of fuel.”
“You see he wanted the huge fuel orders be split between his new oil company (ATLAS) and GNPC. When he cannot get his way he resigned. But before that he became aware that GNPC instead of placing their orders directly a with the suppliers were actually using a middle man (broker) where all the orders would pass; then this individual will then pay them huge monies in US Dollars for the board to share. Momodou Badjie would do the distribution in dollars. The amounts are always in millions of dollars. I will give you more on this,” our source added.
The Kanilai monster is presiding over a bankrupt state. Jammeh has resorted to blaming his former trusted financial foot soldiers in the midst of a national economic crisis.