By Omar Bah
A number of soldiers were arrested on Wednesday after fuel coupons worth D300, 000 went missing at the Defence Headquarters, army PRO Lamin Sanyang confirmed to The Standard yesterday.
Among them one Corporal Sarjo Conteh already confessed to stealing.However, another suspect Corporal Ismaila Saidy Faye has not accepted guilt.
The two were the latest to be arrested and they joined a host of other soldiers on duty when fuel coupons went missing.
“On Wednesday 8 April 2020, all the guards and soldiers on duties at the Defence Headquarters on the night of the ‘break-in and theft’ were arrested and detained by the military police. All the soldiers are in ‘open custody’ meaning that they are detained but allowed limited freedoms pending the conclusion of investigations by the GAF,” said PRO Sanyang.
The PRO said the soldiers are presently in the custody of the military police helping them in their investigations.
“The army is not taking this and the leak memo last week lightly and the full force of the armed forces Act would be invoked on anyone who is found wanting,” he added.
The theft happened at the office of Major Cherno Jobe, whose job at GAF includes the issuance of fuel coupons to the force.