Gambia’s ex-oil minister withdrew D109M in cash from unauthorized govt account

A former Gambian oil minister is certain to be facing a Commission probing corruption allegations against ex-President Yahya Jammeh after it became apparent she withdrew millions from an unauthorized government account.

Sira Wally Ndow-Njie withdrew at least $2.37 million (D209 million dalasis) in cash from the country’s Ministry of Petroleum Special Services Account at Guarantee Trust Bank.

All the withdrawals, according to the bank’s chief executive, Mr. Bolaji Ayodele were cash transactions signed off by Ms. Ndow-Njie.

The cash withdrawals she made did not state the reason for the transactions on the bank records. The monies were often picked up the then minister from the bank.

Debit records show that at least nine cash withdrawals were made by Sira Wally Ndow-Njie and only one transaction handled had the signature of embattled ex-President Yahya Jammeh.

Ndow-Njie was arrested in June 2016 on corruption and economic crimes charges and Jammeh threatened to unleash severe punishment on her and other oil officials.

The courts had refused to grant her bail until Jammeh was defeated in December. In April, charges against her over a $12 million deal to March Petroleum were dropped by the new government of President Adama Barrow.

She had held several positions in Jammeh’s government, including deputy minister in several ministries. She was Deputy Minister of Tourism before she got sacked and arrested last year.

 

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