Authorities in the Gambia have blocked the country’s former ruler from accessing millions of Dalasis left in a local bank by his late mother.
A local Islamic Cadi Court had awarded former President Yahya Jammeh the D2, 284,311, 50 inheritance left in an Arab Gambia Islamic Bank account belonging to his late mother, Aja Fatou Asombi Bojang, who passed away in July 2018 in Equatorial Guinea.
The court had awarded the inheritance to Mr Jammeh as the only child of Ms Bojang in line with the Islamic tradition.
But Abubacarr Tambadou Attorney General and Minister for Justice said the payment of the money to the former ruler was blocked according to recommendations of a presidential commission of inquiry which made adverse findings that Mr Jammeh stole over three hundred million United States Dollars.
“Yahya Jammeh left the shores of this country in January 2017 following a political impasse that left the country tethering on the brink of war. And since the money now belongs to Jammeh, the government has decided to forfeit it to the State,” he said.
According to the independent newspaper, The Standard, Mr Jammeh, had directed a former imam of State House Mosque, Dr Mbye Kebba Kah, to withdrew the money from the account on his behalf.
And in a letter to the managing director of the bank seen by the newspaper, Mr Jammeh wrote: “I Sheikh Professor Doctor Yahya AJJ Jammeh, former President of the Republic of The Gambia, being the only child of the late Ajaratou Fatou Asombi Bojang, who passed away on the 27th July 2018 in Malabo Equatorial Guinea, hereby authorize Dr Mbye Kebba Kah, former Imam of State House Mosque Banjul The Gambia to withdraw on my behalf the money deposited by my late mother in the account at AGIB Bank Ltd, Account Number; 201-2170-5673-8374 amounting to D2,284,311.50 (two million, two hundred and eighty four thousand, three hundred and eleven dalasi, fifty bututs). I pray that you act expeditiously to enable Dr Mbye Kebba Kah (formerly Imam State House Mosque, Banjul) to withdraw all the funds in the above-mentioned account and close it on my behalf. Enclosed is the death certificate of my late mother dated 27th July 2018. May the Almighty Allah bless you all.”
Following the receipt of the letter, the bank contacted the Ministry of Justice which advice against the payment of the money.