By Bekai Njie
Acting in accordance with Section 24(1) of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission Act, 2017, the Executive Secretary of the TRRC has appointed Mr.
Mansour Jobe deputy director of the commission’s Research and Investigations Unit. Mr. Jobe is a lawyer and State Counsel at the Attorney General’s Chambers and Ministry of Justice in Banjul. He will be seconded to the TRRC during his period of employment with the Commission.
Mansour Jobe just completed his Master of Laws(LLM) degreein Human Rights Law from theUniversity of Nottingham in the UK and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Igbinedion University in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He completed his Bar Finals (BL) from the Gambia Law School in 2014 and eventually enrolled as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of The Gambia.
As a State Counsel, Mr. Jobe proffered legal opinion on various issues to different government institutions and departments, as well as prosecuted cases before the subordinate and superior courts of The Gambia.
He undertook legal research on behalf of the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and mentored junior Counsel and interns at the Ministry of Justice on legal research and the general practice of law. He was a co-Counsel to the Commission of Inquiry set up to look into the financial dealings of the former president and his close associates before he left in September 2017 to pursue a Master’s Degree at Nottingham.
Mr. Jobe also served as Secretary to the Board of Directors of the National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons (NAATIP) and was a part-time lecturer at the Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI), where he taught Criminal Law, Law of Evidence and Employment Law. He was the coordinator of the GTTI Law Programme during the 2016/2017 academic year.
Mr Jobe also lectured Business Law and the Law of Banking at the Institute of Bankers of The Gambia.Prior to being a lawyer, Mr. Jobe was a legal clerk at the Basansang Chambers and later became an Administration Officer at Gamstar Insurance Company.
Reacting to his appointment, Mr. Jobe said he is “very pleased” to be appointed Deputy Director of Research and Investigations for the TRRC: “I am looking forward to execute my functions with utmost diligence and professionalism in order to deliver the mandate of the Commission,” he said.“
The task ahead is no doubt daunting, but together we will successfully investigate and establish an accurate and impartial historical record of human rights violations under the review period.”