Assistant Superintendent Abdoulie Bah, a Prison Officer at the Mile 2 Central Prison last Thursday testified as first prosecution witness in the case of the two prison warders who are under trial at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court on two counts of aiding a prisoner to escape and negligence of official duties before Principal Magistrate Omar Cham.
Ebrima B Njie and Edrissa Manga are alleged to have negligently permitted Abdoulie Ceesay; the Managing Director of Teranga FM to escape from their lawful custody while on duty on 19th April 2016 at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul.
They are also alleged to have wilfully neglected to perform their duty to wit, keep custody of Abdoulie Ceesay while on duty on 19th April 2016 at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul.
In his testimony, the witness said he recognised the accused persons, saying on 20th April, 2016, the deputy Director General of The Gambia Prison Services, Yahya P Jarju, informed them at a briefing that a prisoner had escaped at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital.
He said at that briefing, Deputy Director General Jarju ordered him (the witness), Chief Superintendent of Police Ebrima Jammeh and Sergeant Abdoulie Badjie to go and find out what had really happened at the hospital.
The witness explained that when they arrived at the hospital in Banjul, they went to the private block room number 9 and found one empty tin of milk and a sachet of Don Simon juice there.
He said during their investigation, they were told that was the room where Abdoulie Ceesay was admitted. He said they took the empty milk tin and the Don Simon sachet and reported back to the Deputy Director General at the Mile 2 Central Prison.
The prison officer told the court that they took the items to the medical personnel at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul for lab analysis.
The case is now adjourned to 8th August for continuation.
by Lama S Jallow