GTU President Charged With False Information, Granted Bail

By Mamadou Dem
Mr Ousman Drammeh, the president of The Gambia Transport Union was
yesterday dragged to court by police prosecutors in Banjul for
allegedly giving false information to the office of the Secretary
General, Head of Civil Service and Presidential Affairs Minister.Mr Drammeh who pleaded not guilty to the four count charges meted
out against him was consequently granted bail in the sum of D200,000
without objection from the prosecution.
Magistrate Fatou Darboe of the lower Court in Banjul further ordered
the accused to provide two Gambian sureties to deposit their national
identity cards, swear to affidavit of means of the sum. The accused
was further conditioned to submit his travelling documents with the
registrar of the court.
According to the particulars of offence, on count one, prosecutors
alleged  that Mr Drammeh in May last year wrote a petition to the
office of the secretary general and head of civil service and Minister
for Presidential Affairs claiming that Mumine Sey, the current
president of The Gambia National Transport Control Association(GNTCA)
and Sheriff Dibba, the secretary of the association connived with
senior police officers at Banjul police station to forcefully remove
Filijeh Nyassi as the president, the information he knew or  believed
was false and thereby committed an offence.
Count two revealed that the accused Mr Drammeh in the same year
petitioned the office of the secretary general and head of civil
service claiming that the president of GNTCA, Mumine Sey collaborated
with senior Custom Officers  to load vehicles with goods from The
Gambia Ports  claiming such to be on transit  trade just to park
such vehicles on  the street for two to three days and finally
discharged the same in a store in The Gambia, load another goods
bought within The Gambia and such vehicle moved as facilitating
the transit trade, the information he knew was false.
Count three stated that the defendant, Mr Drammeh wrote a petition to
the secretary general and head of civil service claiming that the
president of the said association collected monies from sixty five car
parks (Garages) in the Kanifing Municipality for fifteen years without
accounting for it, information he knew to be false and thereby committed
an offence.
Count four of the indictment alleged that the accused wrote a
petition to the office of the secretary general and head of civil
service claiming the president of the transport control association
has liberalized The Gambia transport sector by giving priority to
Foreign  Trucks than  Gambian own trucks among others , information he
knew to be false.
Subsequently, the matter was adjourned to 17th of this month for
hearing. Meanwhile, the accused is yet to secure legal representation.