Jammeh’s ex-chiefs of staff were signatories to secret tax accounts

Jammeh’s ex-chiefs of staff were signatories to secret tax accounts

At least four former secretary generals to the Gambia’s ousted leader have been named as signatories to an off-book account in which millions of tax arrears were paid.

Trust Bank Managing Director Ebrima Sallah told a commission probing Jammeh’s financial dealings and assets that Momodou Sabally, Kalilu Bayo, Lamin Nyabally and Sulayman Samba were the signatories to the Tax Recovery Account.

Sallah also named Nuha Touray, Abdoulie Sallah, Isatou Auber and Ismaila Sanyang, who were cabinet secretaries to have been signatories to the account.

The accounts were opened in 2013 with directives from Mr. Jammeh. The country’s chief revenue commissioner and its accountant general both said they were unaware of the existence of the accounts.

More than $825,000 (D33 million dalasis) of tax arrears meant to be paid at the Gambia Revenue Authority were paid there, the Commission found.

It has not been revealed how much is now left in the Trust Bank account but Jammeh’s former secretary generals may be subpoenaed by commissioners as the findings widen.

All of the named secretary generals were fired. Most of them fell apart with Jammeh and ended up in prison for sheer false information and economic crimes charges.

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