By Baba Sillah
Tida Jaiteh-Jobe, the widow of former APRC majority leader Baba Jobe has claimed that she was forced by former President Yahya Jammeh to sell him her property.
This was disclosed by Assistant Superintendent of Police, Delo Baldeh at the Janneh Commission yesterday.
Mr Baldeh, who was presenting an investigative report of the properties of former President Jammeh, continued his testimony on Jammeh’s assets in KMC.
ASP Baldeh unveiled a list of 38 properties owned by Jammeh and his enterprise within the Kanifing Municipal Council out of which he said 7 were properties of the late Baba Jobe situated in different parts of KMC.
But he said Tida Jobe had told investigators that she was forced by Jammeh to sell them to him.
Mr Baldeh also explained how the former president acquired a plot of land at Talinding which he said Jammeh got through the community of Talinding.
He revealed that a letter was addressed by the Alkalo of Talinding, Alhagie Ebou Badjie, to the former president following his consent to the allocation of the said plot of land to him.
ASP Baldeh further revealed that a building located at Kanifing industrial estate occupied by KFF along the Banjul highway also belongs to Jammeh in addition to the Maintenance Service Garage which formerly belonged to Mbye Njie and Sons.
The Commission also heard that Jammeh bought a landed property belonging to Baba Jobe at the tune of D5 million after an assignment between one Momodou Fofona and KFF.
ASP Delo Baldeh at that point explained that all the properties they had come across, there was an authority from the former president including that of late Baba Jobe’s properties.
He further revealed that there was another property owned by Jammeh in Kotu which was allocated to Baba Jobe by one Marian Omar Sallah but it was taken by Jammeh even though it was not allocated to him.
ASP Baldeh went further to say that Jammeh had ordered Pa Bojang to transfer all his properties in the name of KFF including that of Baba’s properties.
He testified that the property situated at Kololi was occupied by Haruna Tamba which was assigned to Baba’s daughter acquired by Jammeh.
On the property at Cape Point, ASP Delo Baldeh told the inquiry that it was owned by Baba Jobe and assigned to one Fatou Ceesay but was taken by Jammeh while the property at Bakau (a Super Market) was also owned by Jammeh which cost D8,000,000.
Further testifying, he revealed that Ndeban Clinic was owned by the former president and it measured 30,000 square metres, noting that it was sold by the High Court for $150,000 and is occupied by one Bully but the clinic is not operational.
On the property at James Bakers Street at Bakau, he said it was bought by KFF for D3, 000, 000 and was occupied by one Sierra Leonean while the one at Bakau Newtown was an empty land which was sold to KFF for D2, 000, 000.
On the property at Fajara South Atlantic, he stated that it is an empty land and was sold to KFF for D2.7 million, noting that at Cape Point around Sun Beach Hotel, the former president had a property measuring 11.9 hectares.
According to him, at Cape Point there was a certificate of purchase for the land owned by the former president with 1000 square metres and was bought for D4, 000, 000 through the Sheriff Division. He added that there was an assignment between Ansoumana Kujabi and KFF.
Mr Baldeh further asserted that Jammeh had another land at Cape Point in the name of his mother, Ajaratou Fatou Asombi Bojang, who purchased it from Ismaila Kabba Sambou which measures 1500 square metres.
He finally testified that there was another property owned by the former president assigned to Abdou Assan Kaira and was owned by Baba Jobe but taken by the former president and it is now a developed property and occupied as well.
Documents relating to the properties owned by the former president were tendered and admitted in evidence.
Source: Culled from The Standard newspaper