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Published On: Wed, Nov 15th, 2023

PW3 Testifies 1st Accused Asked for Her Assistance

Mama Jabbie (PW3) the third state witness in the state Vs Ousainou and Amie Bojang testified in court that Ousainou Bojang asked for her assistance to provide him with an armlet along with financial support to travel to Ziguinchor as he is the one responsible for the demise of two police officers and the other hospitalized Police one Officer.

 Mama Jabbie a marabout and a businesswoman, informed the court that Ousainou Bojang approached her at her residence in Jululung. Their meeting occurred on a Wednesday, a day after the alleged murder of the PIU officers.

 According to Mama Jabbi’s testimony, Ousainou Bojang had left the Gambia, visited the Jululung garage, and sought assistance from the garage head, explaining that an unfortunate incident had occurred. 

Subsequently, Mama Jabbi asserted that Ousainou Bojang was provided with a motorcycle named Jakarta to reach her house.

 “”They provided Ousainou Bojang with a motorcycle service, called Jakarta to come to my residence. As Jakarta dropped him off at my residence, I was lying down talking on the phone. When he alighted from the motorcycle, I was shocked at his appearance and lost my mind. I confided in my friend, expressing my belief that something was amiss. Ousainou Bojang disclosed to me, ‘I am seeking your assistance with an armlet and financial support to travel to Ziguinchor. I am the one responsible for the demise of two police officers, and the other is currently hospitalized.’ She testified.

 “Following this revelation, Ousainou Bojang expressed his desire to perform ablution. I provided him with water and a prayer mat, although he did not engage in prayer. Seated on the mat, he implored, ‘Aunty, please help me; my life has been shattered.’ I inquired about his name and address. He replied that he was Ousainou Bojang from Brufut. I proceeded to capture a photograph of him and record his voice,” testified Mama Jabbi in court. 

 Continuing her testimony, Mama Jabbi informed the court that while attempting to take a photograph, Ousainou Bojang requested that she refrain from capturing his image. However, she assured him that she was not photographing him. 

 Mama Jabbi recounted that Ousainou Bojang subsequently sought her assistance, but she declined, explaining that the act of killing someone was beyond the realm of extreme behavior. 

Mama Jabbi further testified that she instructed Ousainou Bojang to remain seated and await her return. She explained that this was the moment she departed the scene and proceeded outside to contact the Senegalese Police. 

 “When I contacted the Senegalese Police, I inquired about their knowledge regarding the killing in the Gambia. They confirmed their awareness, and I informed them that the perpetrator was present with me. The Senegalese Police requested his photo and voice note, to which I confirmed possession and promptly sent it to them. Subsequently, they instructed me to wait discreetly without alerting the individual, Ousainou Bojang, that they were approaching. As we sat there, the police arrived, handcuffed him, and took him into custody,” testified Mama Jabbi. 

 When questioned about whether Ousainou Bojang had informed her of his involvement in the killing of police officers, Mama affirmed and informed the court that Bojang had confessed to killing two officers, while the third was hospitalized. 

 Mama Jabbi recounted that she immediately contacted Musa Camara, an employee of the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), to notify him that the individual responsible for the Gambia incident was in Jululung with her. 

 In her court testimony, Mama Jabbi added that Musa Camara instructed her to await his call to the Gambian Police. Following his call, the police directed her to meet them in Giboro. 

 Mama Jabbi stated that she travelled from Jululung to Giboro using a Jakarta. Upon reaching Giboro, the Gambian Police placed her in their vehicle, and together they returned to Jululung.

 “I accompanied the Gambian Police to the Jululung Police Station and then stepped away while they discussed matters with their Senegalese counterparts. Upon concluding their conversation, the Gambian and Senegalese Police officers, along with Ousainou Bojang, gathered for a photograph while I remained seated. Ousainou Bojang was then escorted to the border by Senegalese Police officers. Subsequently, Gambian Police officers took custody of Ousainou Bojang, and we all proceeded to The Gambia,” she explained in her testimony. 

 During Mama Jabbi’s testimony, she mentioned that in Jululung, Ousainou Bojang requested to borrow her phone for a call to his sister.

 However, she informed him that she didn’t have any credit. Mama Jabbi concluded giving her evidence, and the case was adjourned by Hon. Justice Ebrima Jaiteh of the High Court of the Gambia until November 20, 2023, for cross-examination. 

 The alleged shooter Ousainou Bojang along with his Sister are facing 6 counts: Count One: Murder (in violation of Criminal Code section 187):The State alleged that on September 12, 2023 in Sukuta, West Coast Region of the Republic of The Gambia, Ousainou Bojang fired and killed Police Constable Sang J. Gomez with premeditation, thereby perpetrating murder. Count to two: (In violation of Section 187 of the Criminal Code) homicide: 

The State asserts that on September 12, 2023, at Sukuta in The Gambia’s West Coast Region, Ousainou Bojang shot Police Constable Pateh Jallow with premeditation, thereby committing murder. Count three:Prohibition of Terrorist Acts: (in violation of Section 3(1)(a) of the Anti-Terrorism Act):Ousainou Bojang is accused of assaulting Police Constables Pateh Jallow and Sang J. Gomez in Sukuta on September 12, 2023.

 This assault, which resulted in their fatalities and involved the use of a firearm, is regarded an act of terrorism. Count Four: Attempted Murder (in violation of Criminal Code section 200): Ousainou Bojang allegedly attempted to unlawfully cause the death of Police Constable Ansey Jawo on September 12, 2023 in Sukuta, West Coast Region, The Gambia, in violation of Section 200 of the Criminal Code. Count Five: Causing Grievous Bodily Harm (in contravention of Section 214 of the Criminal Code): 

Further, Ousainou Bojang is accused of unlawfully shooting Police Constable Ansey Jawo in Sukuta Kombo North on September 12, 2023, causing her grievous bodily injury in violation of Section 214 of the Criminal Code. Count six : Participant After the Fact in a Murder: (in violation of Criminal Code section 202): 

The State alleges that on September 13, 2023, at Brufut Kombo South and other locations in The Gambia, Amie Bojang assisted Ousainou Bojang, who was known to have committed homicide, in evading punishment by fleeing the country. This is in violation of Section 202 of the Criminal Code. Which they all pleaded not guilty. It can be recalled that, on 12th September 2023, 3 PIU officers were shot around the Sukuta/Jabang Highway by an unknown shooter leaving Police Constable Pateh Jallow and Sang .J. Gomez dead while Ancy Jawo was left in a critical condition at the hospital receiving treatment.

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