(JollofNews) – The Gambia’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Aboubacarr Tambadou, has denied opening a corruption investigation against former Interior Minister Mai Ahmad Fatty.

Mr Fatty was shoved out of President Barrow’s cabinet on Friday after only ten months in office. No official reason was given for his sacking.

However, a North Carolina based Gambian newspaper, Freedom, said Mr Fatty is being investigated by the Justice Ministry for corruption and abuse of office.

But the Justice Minister said the story is unfounded and insensitive.

In a media statement, the minister of Justice, Aboubacarr Tambadou, said: “The Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice notes with great concern an unfounded report in the Freedom Newspaper regarding alleged criminal investigation in respect of Hon. Mai Ahmad Fatty.

“The Ministry of Justice rejects this report as completely unfounded and insensitive to the family of Hon. Mai Ahmad Fatty who must be going through a difficult time. The doors of the ministry are opened to everyone including the press, on all matters pertaining to the ministry. Therefore, it is expected that such goodwill and open door policy will be reciprocated by verifying any report pertaining to the ministry before publishing same as news.”