State witness Captain Mamad Jobe testified further on Tuesday in the alleged coup attempt trial before the High Court of The Gambia. He told the court that the first accused and alleged coup leader Sanna Fadera told him that the weapons needed to carry out the coup to remove President Adama Barrow were all intact.
On the charges of treason, concealment of treason, and incitement to mutiny, the accused—Lance Corporal Sanna Fadera, Sergeant Gibril Darboe, Corporal Ebrima Sannoh, Corporal Omar Njie, and Police Sub-inspector Fabakary Jawara—are currently on trial.
Officer testifies that he was invited to participate in the alleged foil coup on December 20
In addition, Captain Mamad Jobe stated: He informed me that he would return to my house from Farafenni, where he would meet Sergeant Komma, from Joebe’s house. He said, “Oga, I am going,” and I told him, “Keep me posted about whatever happens.”
I had trouble sleeping all night. When I awoke this morning, I was aware that you face a national threat and have a duty to protect the nation from it. In accordance with the Gambia Armed Forces Act, you are required to inform your superiors of any such threat. I therefore decided to contact Major Lamin Njie. I informed him that this soldier visited me last night, and he informed me of the following: He stated, “I am not a party to it.”
The witness claimed that Major Lamin Njie instructed him to investigate the “information” until Sanna Fadera’s visit to Farafenni, but Sanna did not contact him until December 7.
“He told me he did not but was able to communicate with Sergeant Komma when I called him on the 7th to confirm whether he was able to meet him. Jobe told the stunned court, “I called Sergeant Komma on the 11th of December to confirm his meeting with Sanna Fadera.”
Sergeant Komma informed me that he was able to call Sanna Fadera but did not meet with her. Sergeant Komma inquired about the situation. I informed him that Sanna said he wanted to save the country when he came to my house; He wanted the government to be overthrown by us.