NAWEC revenue collector testifies in AGIB cashier trial
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Awa Drammeh, a revenue collector at NAWEC's Latrikunda branch, on Monday testified as a prosecution witness in the ongoing criminal trial involving an Arab Gambia Islamic Bank (AGIB) cashier, Fatou Jassey-Colley, who is accused of stealing.
The trial is being held at the Bundung Magistrates Court. Testifying before Acting Principal Magistrate Kumba Sillah-Camara, Awa Drammeh, a Brusubi Housing Estate resident, told the court that in June and July 2008, Fatou Jassey came to the NAWEC Latrikunda branch as an AGIB agent to collect monies which were to be deposited in NAWEC's account at AGIB.
According to Drammeh, she paid Fatou Jassey-Colley D74,829, D11,814 and D25, 090 in three separate transactions. She further told the court that she prepared a receipt for each transaction, which were stamped. She said she retained the duplicates while Fatou Jassey-Colley took the original slips with her. At that juncture, the police prosecutor, Cadet ASP Jahateh showed her the slips, which have been marked as exhibits A27, A28 and A7. The witness further testified that at a certain occasion, she was phoned by her boss at NAWEC's headquarters, Amadou Cham, and told to report to the Banjul Police Headquarters.
According to Drammeh, on her arrival at the Police Headquarters, she was shown the slip of the transaction she had had with the accused, Fatou Jassey-Colley. The witness revealed that the accused was also present at the Police Headquarters. According to her, Fatou Jassey-Colley also used to receive money from her co-workers ;namely Mama Suku, Binta Fatty, Binta Sonko, Ebrima Baldeh and Bira Jallow.
The witness finally told the court that she gave a statement at the Police Headquarters. The case continues today. Lawyer Pap Cheyassin Secka was the representative of the accused.
Author: by Salifu M Touray