At least two senior aides of Gambia’s President Adama Barrow have been implicated in the withdrawal of millions from state coffers on the orders of ex-President Yahya Jammeh.
The discovery has seen some of the supporters of Mr. Barrow expressing concerns at the maintaining of the staffers at the presidency, who they said didn’t question the illegal orders.
President Barrow’s Chief of Protocol, Alhagie Ceesay and Cabinet Secretary Isatou Auber Faal have been named severally at the Commission of Inquiry for signing withdrawal slips and checks for millions or for making cash withdrawals on behalf of the ex-President Yahya Jammeh.
According to bankers from three commercial banks and the Central Bank of The Gambia, Alhagie Ceesay collected more than $10 million in cash for Mr. Jammeh.
Isatou Auber Faal signed checks for millions as well. The exact amount signed by Auber is yet to be determined.
Several other senior officials, some of whom have been recalled by Mr. Barrow to the civil service were also implicated.
At least two of them, including former Managing Director of the state-owned petroleum corporation, Momodou Badjie appeared before the Commission.
Jammeh and his aides withdrew tens of millions of government accounts, some of which were off the record in commercial banks disregarding government financial guidelines.
Barrow has said he will not be wrongfully terminating anyone in the civil service, pending the outcome of the Commission of Inquiry report into Jammeh’s financial dealings.