Man sues OP, claims D5M

Man sues OP, claims D5M

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Senegalese soldiers check a motorcyclist at the entrance of the State House compound in Banjul, Gambia, Tuesday Jan. 24, 2017. ECOWAS troops have moved into the State House to prepare for the return of President Adama Barrow. (AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui)

By Bruce Asemota

One Cornelius O. IGWE of T/A Efennebara Auto Services has filed a civil suit against the Office of the President and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice at the High Court in Banjul claiming the sum of five million, one hundred and thirty-nine thousand, five hundred and forty-one dalasi and sixty-five bututs (D5,139,541.65) and a legal fee of five hundred and thirteen thousand, nine hundred and fifty-four dalasi, seventeen bututs-(D513,954.165.17)

Cornelius disclosed to the court that between 2012 and 2017, the Office of the President sent official vehicles to his garage for routine repairs and maintenance accumulating unpaid invoices to the tune of D6,862.770.15. He further claimed that OP through the Ministry of Finance instructed the Directorate of Internal Audit to conduct an audit on the claimed sum and the audit report established that the amount due and owing is D5,139,541.65.

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He stated that despite receiving instructions from the Secretary General, Office of the President for the settlement of the unpaid arrears, the Ministry of Finance willfully and negligently refused to settle the sum.

However, when the matter was mentioned yesterday before Justice Oleidi Uduma at the High Court in Banjul, the parties agreed to resolve the matter and it was accordingly adjourned for settlement.