SCC issues warning in Ensa Badjie & Co. trial
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Justice Emmanuel Nkea of the Special Criminal Court in Banjul yesterday, 2nd May 2012 warned that if Lawyer B.S Touray, defence counsel for Mam Mattarr Secka the 2nd accused person in the ongoing trail involving the jailed former IGP Ensa Badjie and Kuluteh Manneh fails to come today, Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 and proceed with the evidence of the 2nd accused, the court would have no option but to proceed in his absence and ask the 2nd accused Mam Mattarr Secka to open his defence.
Justice Nkea gave these warning after theprosecution led by DPP S.H Barkun finished cross-examining the former Inspector General of Police Ensa Badjie in the ongoing seditious, economic crime and theft case before the said court.
IGP Ensa Badjie responding to questions posed to him by DPP S.H Barkun during
cross-examination told the court that he has four compounds. He said the
first compound was built during the former PPP regime when he was a police constable. He said he
built the second compound when he was a police sergeant, adding that he bought
an empty land and later built it, but cannot remember the year.
Ensa Badjie revealed that he bought the 3rd plot of land in 2005 and in 2005 he went for African Union Peacekeeping Mission and upon his return he then built the third compound. The jailed former IGP Ensa Badjie further revealed that he built the fourth (4th) compound in 2009, whilst he was the Inspector General of Police, adding that the said plot of land was allocated to him by the Government of The Gambia.
Ensa Badjie disclosed that he built all his compounds from his personal efforts and little contribution from his family members. He said he cannot quantify the total amount his family contributed towards building the compounds. Ensa Badjie told the court that Amadou Samba only assisted him as a brother, adding that it is only Amadou Samba that he appealed to for assistance. He told the court that he never begged Wily Abraham or one Ousainou.
The former police supremo denied claims that he was in the habit of collecting gifts from the public during his tenure as the IGP. He said the people who helped did so because they were childhood friends. He explained that he knew Willy Abraham since his childhood days, noting that Willy Abraham attended St. Augustines and he (Badjie) attended Muslim High School.
Ensa Badjie maintained that it is only Amadou Samba that he sought assistance from when he was the IGP, but never sought any assistance from neither Willy Abraham nor Ousainou. Hearing continues today for Mam Mattarr Secka the 2nd accused person to open his defence.
Author: Sidiq Asemota& Zainab Faal