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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Jammeh Dragged To Court Over ‘Seized’ Land

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By Bruce Asemota

One Jibi Bah, son of the late Yorro Bah and his uncle Alhaji Pateh Bah, have instituted a civil suit against the exiled former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh and one Yaya Nyassi, the Alkalo of Duwasu village.

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The plaintiffs, both from Duwasu village, are claiming ownership of two leased properties in Jammeh’s name in Duwasu.

The plaintiffs are also claiming D5.000.000.00 (five million dalasi) damages for destruction of the houses and trees belonging to the late Alhaji Yorro Bah, father of Jibi Bah.
The plaintiffs are more importantly also seeking an injunction, restraining Alhaji Yaya Nyassi and Yahya Jammeh from further trespassing on the properties.
They also want D1.500.000.00 for legal fees and costs.

Their statement of claim before the High Court in Banjul presided over by Justice Ebrima Jaiteh, disclosed that houses built by the 1st plaintiff’s father, Yorro Bah were destroyed by Alkalo Nyassi who fell the trees planted therein and had been trading them.

The statement also disclosed that the portion leased in the name of Yahya Jammeh forms part of the original land given to and acquired by Jibi Bah’s father.
The statement of claim further alleged that Alkalo Yaya Nyassi is continuing with the trespassing on the suit land and demarcating it.

The plaintiffs are therefore seeking High Court order to revoke the lease of the said properties to Jammeh.

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