Eight former military officers currently at large are wanted by the police for their alleged involvement in the murder of Colonel Ndure Cham, former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF).
The eight accused persons namely; Lt. Col. Nuha Badjie, Major Momodou Jarju, Captain Michael Jatta, WO1 Nfansu Nyabally, Staff Sergeant Sulayman Sambou, WO2 Malick Manga and Corporal Saikouba Jarju, were on Thursday charged before the Banjul Magistrates’ Court with two-count charges of conspiracy to murder and murder, contrary to the Laws of The Gambia 2009.
The particulars of offence on count one revealed that all the eight accused, sometime in the year 2013 at Tintinba Forest in the Foni District of the West Coast Region of the Republic of The Gambia, unlawfully conspired amongst themselves to wit murder; thereby committed an offence.
On count two, the particulars of offence revealed that all the eight accused, sometime in the year 2013 at Tintinba Forest in the West Coast Region of the Republic of The Gambia; with malice afterthought, jointly and unlawfully caused the death of Ndure Cham by shooting him with a gun and buried his carcass at Tintinba forest, thereby committed an offence.
When the case was called, the police prosecutor Inspector Saja Sanyang informed the court that all the accused persons are at large and that he was applying for an arrest warrant to be issued against all the eight accused persons. The prosecution further applied for the case to be transferred to the High Court, pursuant to Section 62 Sub Section 1 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
Magistrate Isatou Janneh-Njie granted both applications and ordered for the immediate arrest of all accused persons and also transferred the case to the High Court.
Readers would recall that the late Colonel Ndure Cham, ex-CDS and many other soldiers and few civilians were accused of plotting to overthrow former President Jammeh’s government on March 21st, 2006, in an abortive coup. Ndure Cham fled to Dakar, Senegal, where he had been living in exile from 2006 until 2013.