By Baba Sillah
Fourteen properties of the late majority leader, Baba Jobe were taken by the former President Yahya Jammeh, an impeccable source disclosed to The Standard.
Our source, who preferred anonymity, explained that the said properties were located within the Greater Banjul Area out of which four were located in different parts of the country.
The source however could not explain whether the said properties were lawfully acquired by Jammeh or were forcefully taken.
However, the investigators at the Janneh Commission who are exposing the properties of the former president informed the commission that the widow of the late majority leader, Tida Jaiteh-Jobe told the investigators that she was forced by Jammeh to sell the property of her late husband.
Meanwhile the Assistant Superintendent of Police, Delo Baldeh yesterday continued to present more properties of exiled former president Yahya Jammeh before the Janneh commission in various regions and districts.
According to the presentation done by ASP Delo Baldeh, 14 properties were acquired by the former president in North Bank Region while in the Lower River Region 7 properties were acquired by him.
The lead investigator testified that all these properties were allocated to the former president by the community leaders at no cost and measuring in different dimensions.
On the properties located in CRR, he revealed that the former president acquired 28 properties including rice fields which were located in different districts in the region. They are: Ballanghar Kerr Ndere, Kaur [hill site], Kerr Isha, Batti Hai, Chamen Nianija, Kayai, Sinchu Jennuna, Wassau, Pallang Mandinka, Kuntaur Fulla Kunda, Njoben Fulla Kunda, Madina Nfally, Janjanbureh, Sankulay Kunda, Pacharr Rice Field, Sapu, Sapu Residential, Dankunku, Kudang, and Kessereh Kunda.
ASP Baldeh explained that these properties were also allocated to Jammeh by the community leaders, adding that the property in Kaur is an isolated hill located near the River Gambia and occupied by Gamtel.
He expounded that though the leased agreement was between the former president and the community but it was signed by the then governor of CRR, Nganyi Touray and it measures 19.65 hectares but since then there was no development on this property.
ASP Baldeh further revealed that a forest was allocated to the former president at Janjanbureh by the community leaders for the purpose of wildlife conservation which was requested by the former president. He said the rice field measuring 149.03 hectares was allocated to him by the community leaders in Janjanbureh.
Sittings continue today.