Mr. Lamin Jammeh, former CEO of Brikama Area Council (BAC), is currently embroiled in a lawsuit that he embarked upon to challenge the termination of his services as Chief Executive Officer of Brikama Area Council. Mr Jammeh sued the Permanent Secretary of the Department of State for Local Government and Lands, Mr. Ablie Manneh, for what he believes to be wrongful termination.
In his testimony, Mr. Jammeh said that on 16th January 2006, he wrote a petition to the PS with regards to matters concerning the outcome of the sand mining investigation, the audit report and the way and manner in which the current CEO and the former Finance Director of BAC, Mr. Fafa Kuyateh, had been reinstated. He said that he claimed in the petition that the two had been indicted by the Paul Commission of Enquiry in 2004.
He said that he wrote a five-point petition which, among other things, included disparity of accounts in the cash books, expenditures and actual in the 2002, 2003, 2004 estimates, noting that these consisted a summary of D25,685,000.00 (twenty-five million six hundred and eighty-five thousand Dalasis). He added that he was pursuing the settlement of the amount by the officers concerned within an ultimatum of 30 days but was arrested and detained for 10 days without charge and subsequently removed from office.
Another dimension to the case is that the complainant purports to be battling to rip aside the veil of mystery surrounding what is appears to be arguably the most highly organized scam at the Brikama Area Council. The matter is before the master of the High Court, Saffie Njie.
The defendant, Permanent Secretary Department of State for Local Government and Lands, has been given 14 days to prepare his defence.