State prosecutors drop charges against Jammeh’s former Chief of Staff

State prosecutors drop charges against Jammeh’s former Chief of Staff

Njogu Bah, Gambia’s former Secretary General and Civil Service Head have been set free by a court in Banjul after prosecutors withdrew charges against the former senior official.

Bah was jailed with former Attorney General Momodou Lamin Jobarteh and ex-Solicitor General Pa Harry Jammeh for two years in 2013 for graft and abuse of office.

Bah was released in 2015 when former President Yahya Jammeh pardoned all political prisoners but was later charged again for corruption as his fall out with the autocratic ruler continued to deepen.

State prosecutors in a new criminal complaint accuse Bah of interfering with the recommendation and posting of Ms. Jainaba Jobarteh to the Gambia Permanent Mission at the United Nations disregarding procedure.

Since Jammeh’s defeat in the polls, politically motivated charges against many former government officials have been dropped, including another ex-chief of staff, Momodou Sabally.

Jammeh’s government has jailed dozens of civil servants on flimsy charges of abuse of office, giving false information and economic crime.

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