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toubab1020



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Posted - 07 Aug 2013 :  11:47:20  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message

ARRESTS OF BUSINESS PERSONS CONTINUE
Published on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 15:12 | Written by Ousman Njie
Saikou Suwareh Jabai
The mass arrest of business persons in the Kanifing Municipality by armed personnel from the different security services, which started on Saturday, continued yesterday, Monday,5 July, as shops were raided and owners questioned on matters relating to alleged tax liabilities. Visiting the Serekunda market and the surrounding shopping area, this reporter saw some members of this combined security group scattered around and asking traders about their tax payment papers and other related documents.
A black police pick-up van was seen loaded with four traders who were arrested which later left. A middle-aged man told this reporter that his colleague was arrested by the joint security force since Saturday. He added that he didn’t see the friend since then and suspects that he is still in police custody.
EDITOR'S NOTE
Foroyaa will make further enquiries as to the reasons for the rounding up of traders.



http://www.foroyaa.gm/burning-issues/13900-arrests-of-business-persons-continue

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.

toubab1020



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Posted - 12 Aug 2013 :  22:39:57  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message
"EDITOR'S NOTE
Foroyaa will make further enquiries as to the reasons for the rounding up of traders."

The following report from the D.O. appears to give you
the answer Mr Editor;

You will face a Court of law and a sentence,if found guilty of course,

acting Principal Magistrate Fredrick Forster of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court made this statement:
“I shall declare to consider the issue of bail in the matter and not to interfere with the bail granted to any of the accused persons at the police station”.

I find this statement interesting in the light of recent changes in the ranks of the higher judicial personnel of The Gambia.

79 face economic crime charges
Africa » Gambia
Monday, August 12, 2013

One Alhagie Njie and seventy eight other accused were last Wednesday arraigned before acting Principal Magistrate Fredrick Forster of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court charged with economic crime.


The accused persons are: Alhagie Njie, Michael C Ezeh, Vincent Enekwe, Saikou Keita, Chidozie Solomon Mbosi, Prince Onvikacho Nwosu, Momodou Mustapha Thiam, Innocent Chinonso Ndiareto, Chi Wado Mgbam, Samuel Akabeee Din, Augustine Edochie, Saviour Iniobong Edet,, Odikpo Bernarrd Chieji, Amadou Bah, Chuks Idu, Felix Oguguwa Ajumarwa, Hendry Goodwin Offor, Uche David Onyechera, Maureen, Ifennyi Ezeadioodu, Emmanuel Okafor, Augustine Mbelu, Nwachukwu Okorie, Chibuzor Kinguly Obina, Oladosu Samson, Bernard Okafor, Chukwuemeka H Oguadinma, Joseph Chindiro Ufele, Osita V Okoli, Paul Nwubo, Emmannuel O Agu, Nelson Chukwuneme, Ugochukwu Francis Onunkwo, Charles Onate, Onah Francis Mbowi, Uchenna Nwarorie, Chibuike Ognenyi, Okey Peter Felix Ihimi, Babucarr Kolley, Momodou Saidou Baldeh, Prosper Oluchukwu Okarfor, Linus Chidi Okeke, Alieu Sowe, Musa Cham, Abdoulie Jallow, Omar Mbenja, Mustapha Cham, Babou Mbow, kome Sidibeh, Alpha Khan, Cheikh Tidiane Thiam, Enyeribe Chijioke, Romanus Mbanugo, Modou Cham, Okechuwu Onwe, Wisdom N Namsi Eme, Malang Sowe, Elhagi Ndiaye, Kajaly Saidy, Sheikh Tijan Ceesay, Mansa Sabally, Ousainou Ngum, Emmanuel Ugochukwu, Oluchukwu, chibueze John Ubah, Chukwuma Emmanuel Nzelu, Momodou T. Baldeh, Ebrima Sallah, Joseph Onuorah Nwajagu, Emmanuel Uzoma, Obinna Michael Onyia, Sunday Chukwunulu Okomkwo, Matrin Okongwu, Chimezi Onuorah, Dembo Boye, Tijan Sohna, Sadou Jallow and Keddeh Giggi Konneh.


The particulars of the offence revealed that Alhagie Njie and 78 others sometime in the years 2012 and 2013 in the city of Banjul and diverse places in the Republic of The Gambia, failed to register and pay taxes for their various businesses at The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) which causes financial losses to the economy of The Gambia, thereby committed an offense.


When the case was mentioned in court, Inspector Camara applied under Section 69 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) for the case to be transferred to the High Court in Banjul since the Lower Court lacks the jurisdiction to try the case.


The defence counsels MF Mbaye and MS Sambou did not raise any objection to that effect but MS Sambou, who is the defence counsel for 44th, 45th and 48th accused persons respectively, submitted for her clients who were granted police bail to continue enjoying their bail until the prosecutor is ready with the case, since the court she said lacks the jurisdiction to hear the case.


In his ruling, the presiding magistrate said: “I shall declare to consider the issue of bail in the matter and not to interfere with the bail granted to any of the accused persons at the police station”. On that note Magistrate Forster then ordered for the case to be transferred forthwith.
Author: Lama S Jallow



http://observer.gm/africa/gambia/article/79-face-economic-crime-charges

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.

Edited by - toubab1020 on 12 Aug 2013 22:43:28
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toubab1020



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Posted - 14 Aug 2013 :  11:28:57  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message
No one likes taxes,but as Benjamin Franklin said in 1789:"Nothing Is Certain But Death and Taxes"

And as Mr. Essa Jallow, the GRA Commissioner of Domestic Tax, in an interview with Foroyaa said in 2013:

" the payment of tax is an obligation on all, adding that it should not be a surprise if arrested or taken to court for the non-payment of taxes."

http://www.foroyaa.gm/burning-issues/13920-gra-commissioner-of-domestic-tax-on-recent-arrests-of-informal-sector-operators

http://www.trivia-library.com/b/origins-of-sayings-nothing-is-certain-but-death-and-taxes.htm







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toubab1020



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Posted - 15 Aug 2013 :  16:10:19  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message
Foroyaa's Editorial:

http://www.foroyaa.gm/editorial/13945-taxation-is-not-sufficient-to-build-a-modern-state

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.
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