During his sophomore periodic press briefing, the Justice Minister Tambadou on Thursday revealed that the next day government would be seeking a freezing order for an additional 49 properties, four companies and seven bank accounts belonging to former President Jammeh or his associates.
However, judicial sources revealed to The Standard that the high court judge deferred granting the order as she requested for “additional information”. The ruling is expected today.
The identities of the 60 assets targeted for freezing have not been publicly disclosed except for the newspaper company, Observer.
However, The Standard has learnt that judicial investigative officials have been looking at the ownership of the following properties in relation to former president Yahya Jammeh:
1. The Futurelec building and compound on Bertil Harding Highway next to ‘Elton Badala’;
2. Hamza Barracks at Mile 2, Banjul, formerly Palm Grove Hotel, now housing soldiers and their families;
3. Former Gambia National Lottery building in Banjul on Independence Drive;
4. Kanilai Bakery building near the ‘Traffic Light’ on Kairaba Avenue;
5. The former ‘Bata’ building on Russell Street in Banjul;
6. A building reported to have been owned by former president Jawara at the Buckle – Cotton streets junction, Banjul;
7. The Dr Samba building on Buckle Street, Banjul;
8. The former ‘Jobe Dollar’ residence on Kairaba Avenue next to Skye Bank;
9. The former Maroun’s and later GSC supermarket building opposite Trust Bank, Bakau;
10. A poultry and a residence previously owned by Baboucarr Sompo Ceesay at Farato and Fajara M Section respectively;
11. A farm near the Yundum Army Barracks previously owned by former President Jammeh;
12. The mechanic garage behind Gambis Offices, Jimpex Road, Kanifing;
13. Compound with shops opposite the Alliance Française Centre, Kairaba Avenue;
14. Former Gamco properties at Brufut Heights (residence of former Chief Justice Agim and two other compounds);
15. A compound opposite the Stop Step and Shop Pharmacy at the Senegambia Junction, Kololi.
The investigators were also interested in six other properties in Banjul on Hagan, Dobson, Fitzgerald, Leman and Picton streets; a property formerly owned by Ndey Musa opposite the residence of Ryad Azzi in Bijilo; a wide plot at the Brufut roundabout (opposite Petroleum House and the vast swathe of open land near the former Sheraton Hotel, Brufut.
In addition, properties in Yarambamba, Batokunku, Siffoe and Atlantic Road, Fajara, are being probed.