Gambia’s President, Adama Barrow has this morning posted on his official Facebook page that Justice Minister Ba Tambadou has tendered his resignation and that he has rejected it.

The Justice Minister’s resignation came following a leaked audio on a conversation his brother, Sheriff Tambadou, a prosecutor had with one Ndura Badjie, wife of former National Intelligence director, Yankuba Badjie. The Justice Minister’s brother was heard on the tape saying that left to his brother alone (the Justice Minister) the NIA 9 case will not be prosecuted.

Below is what the President said on his facebook:

“A tape on a conversation between a family member of one of the people in the NIA 9 case and Sherriff Tambedou, a prosecution team member, has been leaked.

In this light, Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou, a brother to Sherriff, felt strongly about it and offered his resignation. Having carefully considered the resignation offer, I rejected it because of the trust and confidence I have in his professionalism and integrity in handling his work”.