Information reaching this reporter from Brikamaba in the Lower
Fulladou District Central River Region South of the Republic of the
Gambia indicates that Haruna Gassama, the President of the currentCentral River Rice Growers’ Cooperative has been arrested on Monday 2nd
This development took place after Judgment was delivered by her
Ladyship Justice Penda Dibba on the 12th of January 2015 in favour of
the plaintiff, Haruna Gassama and his committee, in which she ordered
the defendants Alhagi Musa Gimbo Trawally and his committee to
forthwith hand over the affairs and assets of the Rice Farmers
Cooperative Society Ltd to the duly elected Executive of the Rice
Farmers Cooperative Society Ltd (Haruna Gassama and his committee) and
further give a true and proper account of the financial state and
assets of the Rice Farmers Cooperative Society Ltd and the defendants
(Alhagi Musa Gimbo Trawally and his committee) who are by each of them
restrained from holding out himself or herself to be members of the
Executive committee of Rice Farmers Cooperative Society Ltd and from
continuing to act in such capacity during the term of the new
Executive (Haruna Gassama and his committee) among others.
Letters were shown to this reporter emanating from the counsel which
sought to promote an amicable implementation of the court decision to
avoid any further friction between the members of the present and past
One month after the Judgment without execution of the court’s order, the Counsel of the plaintiff went to the high court to seek an
execution order, which was granted and the Sheriff Division was
ordered to execute the judgment of the court.
They sent their staff to Lower Fulladu to execute the order on
Monday 2nd March 2015. Haruna Gassama was arrested on that same day.
A family source confirmed the arrest of Haruna Gassama but was quick
to admit that his place of detention is unknown to the family.