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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Traffic officer tells court taxi driver wanted to kill her

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By Amadou Jadama

Cpl Anna Bojang, a mobile traffic officer at Brikama has disclosed in court that a taxi driver Abubacarr Saidy, wanted to kill her.
Mr Saidy is standing trial accused of kidnapping and threatening to kill the said police officer at a bush in Nyofelleh, a charge he denied.

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Giving a moving testimony before magistrate SJ Joof in Brikama, the police officer recounted the incident: “I was at the GNPC petrol station in Brikama controlling traffic when the accused arrived driving a vehicle registration number BJL 8474 P, and turned into the Sandaga without signaling as it had no signal lights. I then approached him over the matter and he said I should not disturb him and that his signal lights stopped working that morning. I asked him to produce his driving license and insurance certificate but he did not have them either. I boarded the car and as I was trying to report to my superior on the phone, he drove off”.

The witness said Saidy refused to stop the car but continued toward Nyambai and she called her colleagues to tell them about it so that they could know her whereabouts. She said her colleagues wanted to talk to the driver from her phone but again he refused and kept driving. “I shouted for him to take me back to where she picked me and he refused. He angrily said I must not shout in his car. I got terrified as he branched off to another road where we passed some people to whom I shouted for help but Saidy sped past them. I then saw a motor cyclist and I told him to follow us because the driver was going to kill me. When we reached a bush in Nyofelleh we found another vehicle and the driver and the motor cyclist grabbed Saidy and drove him to the Brikama station,” she told the court.
The trial continues.

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