By Mamadou Dem
Principal Magistrate Momodou Jallow of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court is expected to deliver judgment today in the ongoing ‘Abuse of Office’ trial involving Dr. Njogu Bah, erstwhile Secretary General, Head of the Civil Service and Minister responsible for Presidential Affairs.
The trial lasted for more than one year during which, the prosecution called five witnesses including defence PS, Yusupha Dibba as well as the Permanent Secretary for Personnel Management Office (PMO), Dawda Fadera.
Upon closure of the prosecution’s case, the accused opened his defence without calling any witness and upon conclusion; both parties filed and adopted written addresses to the court. Consequently, the matter was set for judgment.
Readers would recall that prosecutors alleged that Dr. Bah sometime in the month of January, 2013, at State House in the City of Banjul, Republic of the Gambia 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. He denies the charge.