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Thursday, October 1, 2020

D-Day set in trial of former police commissioner

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Mr Jawo was dragged to court by one Yuma Loum also a police officer following a loan agreement amounting to  D61, 349, 45 for which she served as guarantor for  the ex-commissioner  of police to  get  from Trust Bank. However, Mr Jawo denied this and said the  amount was D46, 293,15.

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In his defence, Jawo told the court that sometime in 2011, when he was the police commissioner in Lower River Region, he had a family problem and traveled to Kombo to secure a loan from Trust Bank and it was Yuma Loum who stood as his guarantor.

According to him, he was dismissed from the police force in 2012 of which he informed the bank.  Later on he said, he received a call from one Mr Jobarteh from the bank informing him that payment for the loan is due.

“I informed him that I have a piece of land in Essau which I wanted to sell. Your worship the said land is still for sale.   I was later again called by one Fatou Bah, Trust Bank branch manager in Banjul informing me that the  loan has been transferred into the account of Yuma plus interest. I asked for time but she said it was late. I did some payments up to the time of my dismissal. I even proposed to Yuma that every month, I will give   her D2,000 which she did not agree to,” he explained to the court.

In her cross examination, Yuma put it to the defendant that he had never proposed any payment plan to her and that she never proposed for  them to go to Jah Oil company where the defendant worked before to see how best the matter could be settled.

At this juncture, ex-police commissioner Jawo told the court that he had no witness to call. Magistrate Jobarteh then adjourned the matter to 27 January 2015 for judgement.

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