The first and ever alleged negligence of duty case to be prosecuted under President Adama Barrow’s watch has been filed by The Gambian police against present and former Agriculture Ministry officials, Freedom Newspaper can reveal. The Agric Ministry obsolete fertilizer theft case had landed Sait Drammeh, a former agriculture Permanent Secretary and Hassan Jallow, the current Agric Perm Sec Number One, into legal quagmire. Also, charged was one Ismaila Bojang, a procurement officer at the said Ministry.
The trio have been charged with negligence of official duties and conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor. This followed, a legal opinion from the Ministry of Justice, who recommended that Drammeh, Jallow and Bojang should face criminal charges.
The accused present and former officials have been blamed for failing to safeguard the thousands of bags of obsolete fertilizer that was under the custody of The Gambian government at the time. The fertilizer was said to have been contracted to one Modou Dibba, a Senegalese, to help dispose it to neighboring Senegal.
It would be recalled that the Kerr Fatou online blog was sued by the former Agriculture Minister Omar Amadou Jallow, AKA (OJ), amid the blog’s publication that Jallow was allegedly implicated in the alleged fertilizer case. Jallow had dismissed the report as false and malicious. He was claiming legal damages in tune of millions against Kerr Fatou.
It is not clear if the case was settled out of court. Jallow’s hired lawyer in the said mater was lawyer Pa Badou Conteh, AKA Lord.