Police: Gambian President’s Inner Circle Busted for Alleged Passport Fraud
President Barrow’s “former” Chief Driver, 3 protocol officers arrested for selling fake diplomatic passports for D300,000 each.
President Adama Barrow’s former chief driver is among the 9 people assested by the Gambian police in connection with alleged diplomatic passport fraud involving 3 protocol officers at the Foreign Ministry.
The Inspector General of Police in a statement on monday said they have started to probe into a case of diplomatic passport fraud involving one Saikou Sanneh, Ibrahim JS Sanneh and Ousman Touray (currently at large) all protol officers at the foreign ministry.
And it is in connection to this that Mansa Sumareh who until November 2018 had been President Barrow’s Chief Driver, was also arrested.
Both Mansa and the protocol officers, according to the police, were said to be helping to facilitate diplomatic passport for one Bakary Susso.
“Yankuba Susso, Amadou Touray, and Musa Njie were arrested for their involvement,” said police in a statement on Monday.
“On the 27th August 2019, Superintendent Banka Jatta and Chief Inspector Lang Tombong Sabally of the Gambia Immigration Department were invited for questioning.
“On the 30th August 2019 Michael T Ladipo a Nigerian national was also arrested in connection to the case.”
Also in the same vien on the 24th August 2019, the police have reported the arrest of Malick Tunkara at the Airport for carrying what is believed to be a fake diplomatic passport.
Earlier, it was reported that these people used to collect D300,000 from individuals to make passports.
Unconfirmed reports also stated that top former and current government officials such as the former Vice President and Leader of the United Democratic Party Lawyer Ousainou Darboe (with two of his protocols at the Foreign ministry), his successor Dr. Isatou Touray and Presidential Advisor Dou Sannoh, have all been the case.
As at now, the police investigators did not mention the involvement of any top Government official as of now.
Meanwhile, below a press release purportedly from the Office of the President has been circulated in social media:
The attention of the public is hereby drawned to a news article published in the Standard newspaper on the Monday 2nd September 2019 that erroneously described one Mansa Sumareh as ‘‘the President’s driver’’.
For the purpose of clarity and accuracy, Mansa Sumareh is neither the Chief Driver nor a driver of the president.
Mr Sumareh ceased being the Chief Driver of the Head of the State since November 2018. The office solicits your kind cooperation to correct this error immediately to avoid any more confusion on this matter.
Director Press and Public Relations
Office of the President