Mr. Ebou Jallow, Do Not Help Yankuba Touray Escape with Murder
Written by Ebou Ngum in Columbus Ohio
Unless I misheard Mr. Ebou Jallow wrong, he said Yankuba Touray had no idea what was going to happen to Koro Ceesay on the faithful day Touray and others painfully took the life of Koro Ceesay. Now according to the VOA tape, Jallow made it clear that Koro was allegedly murdered in the home of Yankuba who had no idea of what was going to happen to Koro. The murderers of Koro according to Jallow were the Singhateh brothers, Alagie Kanyi who truthfully told the TRRC that he participated in the killing of Koro and one Sergeant Tamba.
Mr. Ebou Jallow, please do not make the death of Koro Ceesay into a “he told me, they told me issue”. Alagie Kanyi came to the TRRC and despite all the bad things he had done, he spoke his mind. He spoke the truth and narrated the way Koro entered the residence of Yankuba to the way he was assaulted with a deadly weapons. I believe if my memory serves me right, Kanyi mentioned something like a “Kudaa” (Pestle) was used to hit Koro on his head. I cannot recall Kanyi saying Edward Singhateh fired shots at Koro. I might be wrong too but I cannot recall that from the testimony of Kanyi.
Now whether Yankuba Touray was aware of what was going to happen to Koro or not, the incident took place in his house. Yankuba is equally culpable as the Singhateh brothers, Kanyi and the Sergeant Tamba Ebou Jallow mentioned. If going by Ebou Jallow’s statement that Yankuba had no idea about the plan to murder Koro in his own house, then he is still an accessory after the fact. Yankuba was present when Koro was killed in his house and he kept quite all these years. He knew how Koro’s body was disposed of in a manner that depicts an accident and he kept quiet all these years. So what makes him different from the Singhateh brothers and the other conspirators? They carry the same responsibility in the killing of Koro Ceesay.
In the United States, we have the felony murder rule which allows the law to charge a defendant with first-degree murder even if the defendant happens not to be the killer. Let’s look at the felony murder rule as it applies to the United States and how it relates to the participation of Yankuna Touray in the murder of Koro Ceesay. In the United States, it’s possible to be charged with first-degree murder under the felony murder rule even if there’s no intent to kill. All that’s necessary is the participation in the commission of a felony, where a death occurs during that felony, even if the defendant wasn’t the one who killed the victim (What is the Felony Murder Rule?). Crimes that are considered as “inherently dangerous” to society such as the way Koro Ceesay was murdered in the house of Yankuba Touray in his presence and how the crime was concealed would normally be considered a felony murder. Yankuba Touray is therefore undoubtedly a conspirator in the murder of Koro Ceesay.
I do see any reason trying to vindicate Yankuba Touray and helping him to get away with murder. Koro Ceesay was a very good friend of my late brother Musa Ann. I remembered very well on many occasions I visited Koro Ceesay with late Musa Ann and we chatted a lot on many productive issues. We as a society should ensure that those that killed Koro Ceesay and the many innocent Gambians during the Jammeh dictatorship are brought to book. Yankuba Touray cannot and should not escape murder charges despite the so-called indemnity or immunity clause designed to cover the crimes committed by Yahya Jammeh and his cohorts.
What is the Felony Murder Rule? (n.d) Retrieved July 02, 2019, from