The Chief police Inspector, who has been accused of illegally issuing Diplomatic Passports and extorting money from a good number of people, has been questioned and released on bail by the police, the Freedom Newspaper can report. Chief Inspector Bubacarr Bah of the Kanifing police station, invitation to the police, followed numerous complaints filed against him by people, who claimed that he received money from them—by promising to secure them a western visa and Gambian Diplomatic passport. Police spokesman Assistant Superintendent Lamin Njie told Freedom Newspaper in an interview that Chief Inspector Bah’s bail conditions remained the same. He added that Bah’s fate would be decided at the end of the police investigations on the Diplomatic Passport scandal.
The Gambian police are investigating the major Diplomatic Passport scandal, which involved some government workers and non-government workers. The passports were sold to Gambian citizens and non-Gambian citizens for financial gains.
As Pa Nderry MBai reports, police chief Inspector Bubacarr Bah, was on Thursday invited for questioning at the police headquarters in Banjul. Bah has been granted bail. He still works with the force.
ASP Njie said the police are going to follow the necessary policies before sending Bah on interdiction.This is the second time that Bah has been questioned by the police.
He says there is panel tasked to investigate the passport scandal, and once the investigations are completed, the public would be updated about the outcome of the investigations.
Official corruption has become an epidemic in President Adama Barrow’s government, according to critics of the administration. Now Gambian Diplomatic Passports are being sold for financial gains. Bah has been accused of selling a Gambian Diplomatic Passport to a Senegalese national.
The police who are supposed to maintain law and order, have been named in the scandal. One of its officers Chief Inspector Bubacarr Bah is currently helping his colleagues in their investigations.
ASP Njie says he is aware of the case of Serign Njie, the Senegalese National, who alleged that he was helped by Bah to obtain a Gambian Diplomatic Passport. He added that due to the nature of Njie’s case, the matter has been referred to the Major Crime of the police unit in Banjul.
The police spokesman said The Gambian police force will not condone corruption in the force. He said the law would take its course at the end of the investigations. He added that no one is above the law and whoever found culpable by the current probe would face the full force of the law.
ASP Njie says it is unfortunate that one of their members, has been named in the passport fraud. But notwithstanding, they would ensure that justice prevails on the matter.
The Senegalese national was falsely portrayed as a Protocol Officer at office the President in his newly issued passport. He allegedly paid Chief Inspector Bah to help him with a Diplomatic Passport. He says Bah was also supposed to secure him a Canadian visa, which he never fulfilled.
Pa Samba Jaw is a Gambian political activist. Jaw felt sadden by the Diplomatic passport scandal. He says the passport scandal had confirmed the level corruption in Barrow’s government. He told Freedom Newspaper that President Barrow’s own Driver was among those arrested in regards to the Diplomatic Passport scandal.
Jaw says he has lost faith in the Barrow government. He doesn’t think that the police can conduct an impartial investigation into the matter. He called on the National Assembly to step in and probe the Diplomatic Passport scandal.
In another development, the United Democratic Party (UDP) has expelled eight of its members of Parliament from the party. The party has accused the expelled MPS of shifting their loyalty to President Adama Barrow.