Barrow’s chief aide implicated in Zineb Jammeh’s financial activities

Barrow’s chief aide implicated in Zineb Jammeh’s financial activities

Alhagie Ousman Ceesay, the chief of protocol to President Adama Barrow has been implicated in fresh evidence before the Commission of Inquiry investigating the former President Yahya Jammeh.

Ceesay, who was also ex-President Yahya Jammeh’s chief of protocol is said to be a signatory to the bank account of former First Lady Zineb Jammeh and had authorized the offshore transfers for the ex-first lady in the last months of the past regime.

At least 26 international wire transfers were made on the accounts in the months and weeks leading to the exile of Jammeh and his family. Ceesay was a signatory to the accounts and conducted some of the transfers for the former first family, GTBank Chief Executive Bolaji Ayodele said.

Ceesay was the Chief of Protocol to Zineb Jammeh until she went to Equatorial Guinea. He was then hired by President Adama Barrow to become his chief of protocol, a position he still holds.

Ceesay reportedly collected more than $10 million in cash for former President Jammeh at the Central Bank alone, monies which could now not be accounted for. He said it was part of his duty to carry out such assignments.

Isatou Auber Faal, one of Barrow’s aides has been sacked from her job as Cabinet Secretary and redeployed to Foreign Service after it appeared she signed checks, disregarding financial regulations.

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.

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