It has been brought to our attention that contrary to Pa Ousman Darboe’s claims at the TRRC during his testimony that he was the reporter using the pen name Jalamang Jammeh, while under NIA custody, in fact, that pen name, was being used by the Co-Proprietor and Managing Editor of the Independent Newspaper Alagi Yorro Jallow. Mr. Jallow also said he was the author of the story about the arrest of Lamin Sanneh, AKA Tink-Tink, the former husband of Fatima Jabbi. Fatima Jabbi is married to the Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio. Both Ms. Jabbi and her former husband Tink-Tink were held at the NIA and later released.
In his testimony, Pa Ousman Darboe, claimed that while being held at the NIA over a story, he and Yorro Jallow wrote about the Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy marrying to Alpha Kahn, he discovered that Fatima Jabbi, was also taken into custody by the NIA. He says he later borrowed a pen and a paper from an NIA agent to write the arrest of Fatima Jabbi. He also claimed that he asked the NIA officer to hand deliver the piece to his Editors at the Independent. Darboe says he used the byline Jalamang Jammeh for the said piece.
His former Editor Alagi Yorro Jallow said he never received any piece from Pa Ousman Darboe, regarding the arrest of Fatima Jabbi while he Darboe was detained at the NIA. Jallow also said he was the one using Jalamang Jammeh as a pen name.
The pen name Jalamang Jammeh was being alternated among the Editors of the Independent. Yorro Jallow came up with the pen name.
In rare occasions, reporters bylines might be associated with the pen name Jalamang Jammeh, but as far as the Fatima Jabbi and Think Tink’s story was concerned, it was authored by Alagi Yorro Jallow, this paper was told.
Darboe was the first to be taken into custody by the NIA. His Editor Alagi Yorro Jallow later joined him into custody. He was also arrested. They were detained over the VP’s story. They were later released.
Pa Ousman Darboe also claimed in his testimony that the former NIA DG Lamin Saine became blind, following a grenade explosion in Farafenni back in 1997. That is not true. Saine became blind because of an automobile accident he had while he was in the defunct National Gendarmerie.
Mr. Darboe also claimed in his testimony that the BBC author of the article that the late Chief Ebrima Manneh reprinted was written by Elizabeth Ohene. That is not true. The author of the BBC piece was Elizabeth Blunt.