A court in Banjul, has today ordered for the continued detention of the nine former Executive members of The Gambia National Transport Control Association, (GNTA) after the men were accused of economic crime, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Principal Magistrate Momodou M.S, Jallow refused to entertain a bail application filed on behalf of the accused persons lawyers, while citing the issue of his court lacking the legal jurisdiction to hear the matter. Hence, he ordered for the remanding the accused former GNTC officials. He also referred the matter to the High Court for further legal litigation.
Among the jailed GNTC officials was the group’s erstwhile President Mumini Sey, Vice President Jarga Faal, Secretary Sheriff Dibba, Foday Bah, Morriba Kebba Janneh, Treasurer, Sheikh Nyang, Assistant Treasurer, Alieu Ngum, Ebou Lam and one Kebba Sarr. The men have been charged with economic crime.
The men were represented by Lawyer Jainaba Bah and Dayoh Dagoh. On the prosecution’s side, Corporal Modou Lamin Cora represented the state.
According to court papers filed by the prosecution, Mumini Sey, and co between 2015, and 2016, in Banjul and its diverse places in the country, being the Executive Members of the GNTA “intentionally and unlawfully levied payments to the drivers on manifest (Manda) tariff and other unauthorized payments that’s detrimental to the economy of The Gambia and welfare of the people; thereby committed an offence.”
Addressing the court earlier, Magistrate Jallow remarked “It is unfortunate that the court has no jurisdiction to try the accused persons otherwise counsel’s application for bail would have been granted” adding that the accused persons should be placed under police custody until their next court appearance at the High Court.