By: Fabakary B. Ceesay
Reliable information gathered from competent sources within the Gambia Police Force (GPF) has it that former Inspector General of Police Ensa Badjie, famously known as ‘Jesus’, has been recalled and reinstated back into the Police Force with the rank of a Police Commissioner.
However it is yet to be clear to our sources which Police Unit Jesus will be posted at.
The Trumpet has been following rumours of a possible reinstatement of Ensa Badjie into the force since last week, until on Tuesday 4 February 2020, when our sources finally confirmed the information to be true. Badjie was seen at Police Headquarters on Tuesday working on the final stage of his reinstatement and unit of deployment. He was in a good mood greeting and exchanging pleasantries with old comrades.
However, our sources also hinted that Badjie is rumoured to be appointed as Deputy Crime Management Coordinator or as Head of Interpol Unit with the rank of a Police Commissioner.
Mr. Ensa Badjie known as ‘Jesus’, was a famous Police officer within the Kombo St Mary Division. Badjie rose through the ranks until in August 2008, when he was appointed Inspector General of Police. He serves as Commissioner Commanding West Coast Region and briefly served as Crime Management Coordinator before been elevated to the position of Inspector General of Police. Jammeh referred to him as the best and most competent IGP ever to be appointed.
On 2 March 2010, Badjie was removed as IGP and later charged with numerous criminal offences ranging from ‘conspiracy, breaking and robbery, economic crime, sedition, abuse of office, obtaining money by false pretence among other crimes. He was arraigned before two High Court Judges on separate charges.
On 29th July 2011, He was sentenced by Justice Ikpala of the Special Criminal Division at the Banjul High Court to life.
Again in January 2013, Justice Emmanuel Nkea of the Banjul High Court convicted him to 10 years imprisonment, alongside two senior
Military officers Lieutenant Colonel Mam Matarr Secka and Major Kuluteh Manneh.
Release on a presidential pardon in July 2015, during the mass pardoning of prisoners by former president Yahya Jammeh.
On 13 November 2019, he appears before the ongoing Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commissions (TRRC) as a witness to clear his name surrounding the State sponsored witch craft hunting back in 2009 in which hundreds of people were abducted from their homes and taken to secret locations and forced to drink herbal concoctions. Several people died during and after the incident.
Contacted for comments, the Police Spokesperson ASP Lamin Njie could not officially confirm the news but promises to make findings with appropriate authorities. He said the information is news to him. He asked the reporter to get back to him after an hour.
Up to the time of going to press, ASP Njie could not be reached. Ensa Badjie could not also be reached on phone.