HIGHLY PLACED SOURCES close to Gambia’s Armed Forces said soldier Bai Jobe, a former bodyguard to former Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy, had back in May of 2013, prior to the arrest of the two Gambian Americans Alhagie Mamut Ceesay, and Ebou Jobe, filed a complaint with the military intelligence unit, alleging that the duos had contacted him before their arrival in the country to help recruit soldiers for them to overthrow dictator Jammeh’s rule, Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Mr. Jobe now works with the military police. He is stationed at the Fajara barracks.
Soldier Bai Jobe and the late Ebou Jobe came from the same village Kerr-Jarga. Kerr-Jarga is located in Jokadu District, in the North Bank Division of The Gambia. He was a close friend of Ebou Jobe.
Bai Jobe had reported the numerous phone conversations he had with Ebou Jobe and Alhagie Mamut Ceesay to the former Director of the Military Intelligence unit Colonel Malamin Jarju, sources familiar with the story have intimated. He used to frequent the Army Headquarters in Banjul to brief Mr. Jarju about his dealings with the two Gambian Americans, sources added.
Bai Jobe, according to sources, had claimed that he doesn’t want to be accused of concealing alleged treasonable act; hence he decided to report the matter to the military intelligence.
“The military intelligence had already received information about Ebou Jobe and Alhagie Mamut Ceesay prior to their arrival in the country. It was Bai Jobe, who reported them. They were in touch with Jobe prior to the arrival in the country. Malamin Jarju can confirm this. Bai Jobe himself cannot deny that he did not report Ceesay and Jobe,” said our sources.
“Bai Jobe and Ebou Jobe are neighbors in Kerr-Jarga. They came from the same village. Per the GAF records here, he was the one coming in to brief the military intelligence. Colonel Malamin Jarju was commanding the unit at the time,” our source remarked.
Also named in the murder of Alhagie Mamut Ceesay and Ebou Jobe, was one Alhagie Marr, a former soldier. Marr is a brother to the late Ebou Jobe. He is a native Munyagen. His mum and Jobe’s mum shared the mum and dad. Ebou Jobe’s mum hailed from Munyagen.
Jungullar Pa Ousman Sanneh told the TRRC that Marr was the point of contact between the jungullars and the two murdered Gambian Americans. He was with Ceesay and Jobe on the night that they were at a Chinese restaurant around the Senegambia before their arrest and subsequent killing.