Former IGP’s Case Suffers Setback

By Kebba AF Touray

The land case involving Banta Jaiteh, Ensa Badgie, Pa Ousman Bojang and the former IGP Ensa Badgie, yesterday failed to proceed at the Banjul Magistrates Court, due to the lateness of the state Prosecutor.

Consequently, the presiding magistrate Isatou Janneh Njie, adjourned the case to Thursday 9th November 2017, at 10:00AM for continuation.

Readers would recall that the trio face 8 count charge by being accused of wilfully procuring and transferring land without authority, that belongs to Ensa Jesus Badgie, former Inspector General of Police of the Gambia.

The three accused persons on count one, are charged with conspiracy to defraud contrary to section 292 of the criminal code. It is alleged that the three, sometime in the year 2014, conspired among themselves to extort plot No. 66 at Old Yundum, belonging to Ensa Jesus Badjie, and sold it to one Kutubo Ceesay. The three are also charged on count two, with obtaining goods by false pretence, contrary to section 288 of the criminal code. The three accused persons are alleged with intent, to defraud and obtain money from one Kutubo Ceesay, amounting to two hundred thousand dalasi (D200,000.00) for the sale of Plot No. 66, knowing that the said plot No. 66 situated at Old Yundum, belongs to one Ensa Jesus Badjie. On count four, the three are charged with Forgery contrary to Section 322 of the criminal code. They are suspected with intent to defraud, forged and effect the registration of deed of assignment, registered on 11th June 2014, with serial registration no. 394/2014 Vol. KD, to falsely transfer the title of plot No. 66 at Old Yundum, belonging to one Ensa Jesus Badjie to one Kutubo Ceesay.

The trio is further charged with obtaining registration by false pretence contrary to section 295 of the Criminal Code. The three are alleged to wilfully procure the registration of deed of assignment dated 5th June, 2014 with serial registration number 393/2014 vol. 77KD to falsely transfer the title of plot No. 66 at Old Yundum belonging to one Ensa Jesus Badjie to one Kutubo Ceeay.

On the fifth count, they are charged with fraud on the sale or mortgage of property, contrary to section 293 of criminal code. The three are alleged with intent, to defraud and conceal from one Kutobo Ceesay and made false statements as to the land in question for the purpose of selling the said plot to him.

The accused persons are also charged with procuring the execution of documents by false pretence, contrary to section 330 of the criminal code and punishable under section 322 of the same authority. They are alleged by means of false and fraudulent representation as to the title of the said land to one Kutubo Ceesay, to execute a deed of assignment dated 5thJune 2014, which they knew, does not belong to them.

On the final count, it is alleged that Banta Jaiteh made documents without authority contrary to section 332 of the criminal code in which they are alleged to defraud and transfer the title deed of the said land, belonging to the former Inspector General of Police and in his name, without lawful authority.