By Sheriff Musa
The former permanent secretary at the ministry of fisheries and water resources, Dr. Bamba Banja has been found guilty by the state on charges of economic crime and corruption.
On count one; he was sentenced to two years mandatory jail term and a fine of one million dalasi in default to serve one year in jail
On count two, he was sentenced to a fine of one hundred thousand dalasi in default to serve a year jail term while on count three he was sentenced to pay a fine of fifty thousand dalasi in default to serve six months in prison.
Dr. Banja was charged by state in 2021 with 3 counts: Economic Crimes contrary to Section 5 of the Economic Crimes Act, Official Corruption contrary to Section 86(a) of the Criminal Code and receiving property to show favour contrary to Section 88 of the Criminal Code.
The case was in connection with receiving bribes to facilitate the release of fishing vessels that had been arrested by the Gambia Navy for fisheries violations.