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West Africa is a gold field for cyber criminals – Report

20 Jul

West Africa’s finance sector most vulnerable to cyber attack, says new report (Photo Credit: Mantle Thought)

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Gambia jails blogger Sait Matty Jaw again

11 Dec
Sait Matty Jaw's photo taken at Goree Island, Senegal - #Orangeurhood shows his support to end violance against women (Photo Credit: SaitMattyJaw/Facebook)

Sait Matty Jaw’s photo taken at Goree Island, Senegal – #Orangeurhood shows his support to end violence against women (Photo Credit: SaitMattyJaw/Facebook)

By Modou S. Joof

A lower court in Banjul, Gambia‘s capital, has sent to jail Mr. Sait Matty Jaw, a blogger and an administrator at the government-owned University, over allegations of “conspiracy”, “failure to register a business”, and “disobeying statutory duty”.

FPI understands the charges stem from a research on “good governance and corruption” that he and two others: a Ghanian, Seth Yaw Kandeh and, a Nigerian, Olufemi Erinle Titus were involved.  They’ve all denied the charges but have been remanded.

On Wednesday, the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, also called BMC, heard from a State lawyer, Abdourahman Bah, that the three had in October 2014 conspired to commit an offence by “operating and carrying out business without registration”. Continue reading

Outrage intensify over schoolgirls abduction in Nigeria

9 May
Boko Haram

Image depicts Boko Haram (Photo credit: AK Rockefeller)

By Modou S. Joof

There has been global outrage over the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by the militant group Boko Haram on April 14.

Public protests are holding in Nigeria and across the world while the hashtag (#BringBackOurGirls) gains widespread notice on social media. The girls were taken from a school in the northern state of Borno and there whereabouts remains unknown amid growing anger in Nigeria.

In The Gambia, the Committee on Harmful Traditional Practices, Gamcotrap, and the Child Protection Alliance, CPA, has expressed a message of solidarity to Nigerian government and families of the girls. Continue reading

Goodluck Jonathan due in Banjul Wednesday

4 Nov
Goodluck Jonathan, Executive Governor of Bayel...

President Jonathan (in black) is visiting Gambia on November 6, 2013 (Photo credit: IITA Image Library)

By Modou S. Joof 

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan is due in Banjul, The Gambian capital on Wednesday for a two-day visit which officials say is intended “to strengthen cooperation” between Abuja and Banjul. Continue reading

Joseph Wowo’s Trial Starts Despite ‘Ill Health’

23 Aug
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh makes his way t...

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh (in white) had vowed to fight corruption in his “Operation No Compromise” campaigns (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Binta A Bah

The trial of former Chief Justice of The Gambia, Joseph Wowo started on Monday despite his reported “ill health”.

Last Wednesday, Wowo told the Special Criminal Division of the High Court in Banjul “I am very sick”, he is yet to see a doctor though as ordered by the Court.

Wowo, who is standing trial together with the former Justice Minister, Lamin Jobarteh, revealed he has not been taken to the hospital. Continue reading

Wowo returns as Gambia’s CJ: Reports

25 Jun
Justice Joseph Wowo was forced to leave The Gambia according to the authorities.

Justice Joseph Wowo was forced to leave The Gambia according to the authorities.

By Modou S. Joof

Justice Joseph Wowo has been appointed as the new Chief Justice (CJ) of The Gambia, according to reports by the pro-government newspaper, the Daily Observer.

On Monday, June 24, the paper said Wowo’s appointment as CJ takes immediate effect.

So far, there has been no official confirmation of the Nigerian judge’s appointment by the Gambia Government. However, the paper reported that Justice Wowo expressed gratitude to the people and government of The Gambia over his appointment.

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