May 19, 2009, 7:01 AM
Baba Jobe, former National Assembly majority leader of the ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) from 2001 to 2003, passed away late Friday night at the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital in Banjul, informed sources have told this reporter.
Born in Karantaba in the Jarra West district of the Lower River Region, Jobe, 54, became a member of parliament in 2001, after he went unopposed in the parliamentary elections.
Baba Jobe was arrested on 10th October 2003, charged with economic crimes and jailed for nine years on 26th March 2004 by Justice MA Paul.
While in prison, Baba Jobe, who got a travel ban from the United Nations in 2003, was hospitalized on Sunday 23rd October 2011, where he was admitted until his demise on Friday 28th October 2011.
When the news of his death broke, this paper’s reporter visited the mortuary at the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital on Saturday morning, where family members were seen weeping.
Sources added that Jobe’s body will be released today to his family for burial in his home village of Karantaba.
The late Baba Jobe is survived by one wife and 12 children.