Njogu Bah’s Trial Set for Defence

By Mamadou Dem

The former Secretary General, Head of the Civil Service and Presidential Dr. Njogu BahAffairs Minister is expected to open his defence  on the 16th of this month and narrate his side of the story on a single count charge of Abuse of Office, Contrary to the laws of The Gambia.Dr. Bah is being tried by the state prosecutors on a charge of abuse of office; that sometimes in the month of January, 2013 at State House in the City of Banjul, abused the authority of his office as Secretary General and Head of Civil Service by interfering with the recommendation and posting of Ms Jainaba Jobarteh to the Gambia permanent Mission at the United Nations in New York, without following the proper procedure of nomination, thereby committed an offence. Bah however denied any wrong doing.
When the case resumed yesterday for defence, his attorney, Lamin Mboge applied for a short stand down to enable him have a word with his client.
The state, represented by Mansour Jobe, did not object to the application for a stand down. He however intimated to the court that if the defence needs more time, then they should take a date.
Replying to that submission by the state, Mboge stood up and said he certainly needs an adjournment because he did not have enough time to prepare for the defence when he visited his client at Mile II. He therefore craved the indulgence of the court to grant him an adjournment. Consequently, the matter was adjourned to Tuesday 9th of this Month for defence.
Dr. Bah was earlier ordered to open his defence following a dismissal of a ‘no-case to answer’ by the said court.
The case is adjourned to Tuesday 9th of December 2014.