Fisheries PS Gets Sent On Administrative Leave After Damning Malagen Investigation

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By Sarjo Brito

Permanent Secretary Ministry of Fisheries and Water Resources, Dr. Bamba Banja has been put on administrative leave following corruption allegations.

PS Banja for the past week has been the subject of much discussion after an audio linking him to a bribery scandal was leaked. The defiant Permanent Secretary has since denied the allegations and insists that he was not the one on the audio – during an impressive investigation by online investigation outlet Malagen.

A source has now revealed to The Fatu Network Dr. Banja has now been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of police investigation.

Gambians have since taken to social media calling for his sacking and an investigation into the scandal.

Commentator and activist Madi Jobarteh said the news of Banja’s suspension is welcoming.

“Welcome news of the suspension of PS Fisheries Dr. Banja for corruption. But further Minister James Gomez and Golden Lead should also be suspended pending the conclusion of investigation,” Mr Jobarteh said.

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