The office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice has written to Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu informing him that the State cannot sell the Daily Observer to him at the moment because “all the assets of the former president Yahya Jammeh, have been frozen by a court order,” sources close to the AG Chambers have intimated. “I am directed to write and inform you that there is a court order freezing all the assets of the former president, including the Daily Observer. As a result, this office cannot dispose of the Daily Observe at this moment. Please accept the highest assurances and warm regards of the Hon. Solicitor General and Legal Secretary,” State Counsel Magigain Gorre Ndiaye, said in a letter he wrote to Prince Sankanu on behalf of the Solicitor General and Legal Secretary Cherno Marenah.
This followed, Mr. Sankanu’s expression of interest in acquiring the Daily Observer. The career filmmaker and journalist, has reportedly offered an unspecified sum of money to the state for the acquisition of the Daily Observer. The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), Information Minster Demba Ali Jawo, Press Secretary Amie Bojang Sissoho, SG Fadera, Accountant Prom and Sheriff of the Supreme Court also had copies of Mr. Sankanu’s proposal letter to buy the Observer, sources said.
Mr. Sankanu could not be reached for his own side of the story. But sources said the renowned filmmaker is determined to buy the country’s premier Daily Newspaper.
Mr. Sankanu is said to be currently in Germany. He is expected back home in the Gambia over the weekend to officiate his new films.
Below is the response letter the AG Chambers sent to Prince Sankanu.