The Operations Manager of the Associated Pre-Mix Oil Company Tuesday testified before a Kanifing Magistrates’ Court as the third prosecution witness in the D33 Million theft trial involving Babucarr Badjie, a former Finance Officer of the Company.
By virtue of his position as finance officer of the Associated Pre-mix Oil Company Ltd, Badjie is charged with stealing the said D33 Million from his employer between the months of January and December, 2015.
Testifying before Principal Magistrate Hilary Abeke yesterday, Ousman Jammeh, told the court that aside from being the Company’s Operations Manager, he is also responsible of overseeing the Company’s auditing.
The witness said the accused person was responsible for the day to day financial transactions of the Company, saying on a daily basis, the accused person took care of cheques, some of which came from the Managing Director, Ebrima Touray.
According to him, Pre-Mix Company is banking with five banks namely: Reliance Financial Services, First International Bank (FIB), Arab Gambian Islamic Bank (AGIB), First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) and Mega Bank.
The witness further told the court that around the months of February this year, the Company’s staff conducted a review on the accused person’s bank transactions and later called for a meeting with him (the accused person). He said at that meeting, the accused person was told to be submitting the deposit slips from banks to him (the witness) and keep his daily transaction records but the accused failed to comply.
He said another meeting was called on the same issue and a week later, the accused person was given a computer to store his daily transaction records. He said the Company’s Managing Director later assigned him (the witness) to be conducting daily review of the accused person’s financial transactions hence he (the accused) was not complying with their orders. “When we reviewed the Company’s various bank accounts from 1st January to 31st December 2015, we went to the banks and collected the statements. We tracked down the accused person’s name on the statements and found that there were days that he (the accused) would go to the banks but will not deposit money,” the witness said.
He said re-calculation was done on his (the accused person’s) daily withdrawals and some discrepancies were found which amounted to about Thirty-Three Million Dalasi (D33, 000, 000).
The witness told the court that he then wrote a report dated 15th February 2016, signed and sent it to the Company’s Managing Director.
The presiding magistrate then adjourned the case to 26th July for continuation of hearing.
by Meita Touray