Ebrima Cham wrote a letter to the Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh reminding him that he used to give the Gambian leader a lift ride from Bakau to Banjul when Jammeh was a junior officer in the Gambia’s army.
That did not sit well with Jammeh and Cham was dragged to court charged with giving false information to a public offer.
Giving false information is Jammeh’s preferred charge against former senior officials of his government.
Magistrate Pa Modou Njie of the Bundung Magistrates’ Court has thrown out the case. Prosecutors say they are unable to pursue the case because they have no witnesses.
Jammeh had been defeated in the elections last December and fled the country to Equatorial Guinea.
Cham was a worker at the Medical Research Council. Before Jammeh took power in a military coup, he was an underpaid bodyguard of the country’s first President Dawda Jawara.
Cham was one of the many drivers that may have given the former longstanding ruler a ride to The State House. It is not uncommon for Gambian soldiers, who are among the least paid civil servants to be given lift rides.