Dr. Njogu BahThe Gambia’s convicted former Secretary General has denied abusing his office, insisting that “my office abused me.”

Njogu Lamin Bah, who appeared before Magistrate Dawda Jallow’s court in Banjul on Tuesday, said he spent all his time at work. “I never have social life; I never get time to see my children; I have no time with my family. I don’t have Saturday or Sunday.”

Mr. Bah said he had deprived the worthy time with his family, friends and relatives because “His Excellency has great heart for this country and we needed to support him.”

Bah was answering to a question posed by his lawyer Lamin Mboge about whether he had abused his office.

He is charged with interfering with the appointment of one Ms Jainaba Jobarteh to the Gambia’s diplomatic mission in New York. “When I was confronted with that allegation at the National Intelligence Agency, I denied it then and I deny it now again,” Mr. Bah told the court, maintaining his innocence.

Bah returns to the dock on December 17th when he will be probed on the process involved in appointing Ms. Jobarteh.

Most people accused Njogu Bah of faking his academic credentials. Bah used the court sitting to paint his educational background and career. He said he had acquired PhD in Public Administration from Rochvile University in United States in 2004. He added that he had acquired both his first and second degrees at Sheikh Ahmed Munazaba in Morocco.

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