GAMBIA: EX ACCOUNTANT GENERAL SAYS PA HARRY JAMMEH AND THE LATE NUMO KUJABI WANTED HIM TO LIE AGAINST LANG TOMBONG TAMBA, SO THAT HE COULD BE RELEASED FROM PRISON, BUT HE REFUSED

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The former Accountant General Alieu Jobe says he refused to be used by the former Jammeh government, when he was asked  to  provide incriminating information against Lang Tombong Tamba, the former army chief, on his alleged complicity to the March 2006 failed coup, in exchange for his release from jail. That coup was led by the late CDS Ndure Cham.

Jobe, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison, recalled when he was invited to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA)  together with his co convicts: army officer Bunja Darboe and Yaya Darboe to help the agency with information which could be used to charge Lang Tombong Tamba  in connection with the March 2006 failed coup.

Tamba was at the time detained at mile two, as he was accused of plotting to overthrow Jammeh’s government in 2009.

According to Jobe, he met Pa Harry Jammeh, a former Sheriff of the High Court and the late Numo Kujabi, the DG of the NIA, on arrival at the NIA in Banjul. Jobe said he was told by Pa Harry Jammeh that “the state wanted him to provide information on Lang Tombong’s involvement in the Ndure Cham 2006 coup.” He also said Pa Harry told him that if he was to provide incriminating information against Lang Tombong Tamba, he would be released from prison.

Jobe told the TRRC that he declined the offer given to him by Pa Harry Jammeh and Numo Kujabi, because in his own words, he doesn’t want to make up stories against Lang Tombong. He added that he wasn’t aware of Lang’s involvement in the the failed March coup and his conscience wouldn’t allow him to lie against Tamba.

Jobe said his conversation with Pa Harry and Numo was being recorded. He said he rather serve time in jail than lying agaisnt Lang Tombong Tamba.

According to Jobe, Pa Harry Jammeh later interjected and told him that he (Jobe) was sponsored by President Jammeh to study accountancy in the United Kingdom, and he was expected to give back to the state by volunteering information on Lang’s alleged involvement in the March coup.

Jobe disagreed with Pa Harry. He told Pa Harry that he wasn’t sponsored by Jammeh. He said he was sponsored by The Gambian government.

Jobe also said he used his meeting with Pa Harry and Numo to inform Jammeh that there was no point in keeping the coup convicts in jail, stressing that they should be released to reunite with their families for the sake of national unity.

Jobe had served about ten years in prison before he was released together with his co convicts on a Presidential amnesty.  He says he was tortured when he was arrested in March of 2006.  He had also suffered vision problem from jail.

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