His Gambian American brother Ebou Jobe was murdered in cold blood by dictator Yahya Jammeh’s assassin agents during a visit to The Gambia back in May of 2013. Jobe was murdered together with his Texas Gambian American friend Alhagie Mamut Ceesay. The duos were turned in to dictator Jammeh by Jobe’s own brother Alhagie Marr, who alleged that Jobe and Ceesay were plotting to overthrow Jammeh’s regime. Jobe’s mum and Marr’s mum shared the same Mum and Dad.
The late Ebou Jobe was a Manager at a Walmart Store in Long Island in New York before his murder in The Gambia. He left three boys behind. The kids reside in Maryland with their mum.
Mustapha Jobe is a junior brother to the late Ebou Jobe. He lives in the United Kingdom.
Speaking in an interview with Freedom Radio Gambia’s Thursday Civic Education show, Jobe said he was shocked to learn from Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations (TRRC) that his brother Ebou Jobe was falsely accused and turned in by Alhagie Marr, a relative of theirs to dictator Jammeh on coup allegations. Jobe says given the family relationship between Marr and his family, it was wrong for Marr to be part of any plot to falsely implicate his brother Ebou Jobe and Alhagie Mamut Ceesay.
Marr is a former Gambian soldier. He was part of the army’s intake 17 batch. He left The Gambia, in the wake of Jobe and Ceesay’s murder by Jammeh’s assassin team known as the jungullars.
“The entire family is confused right now. He has brought division within the family. I first heard about Alhagie Marr’s involvement in the murder of my brother Ebou Jobe via Freedom Radio Gambia, before the TRRC proceedings. A caller to the Radio once said he was reliably told that Marr reported Jobe and Ceesay to the authorities on allegations of coup plot. Alhagie Marr is related to us. His mum and Ebou Jobe’s mum shared the same Mum and Dad. I heard from a TRRC perpetrator, who confessed to taking part int their murder saying that it was Alhagie Marr, who reported them to Yahya Jammeh. Soldier Pa Ousman Sanneh said he and Captain Michael Correa were assigned to monitor Jobe and Ceesay’s activities at a restaurant around the Senegambia. They were with Alhagie Marr. Marr was passing information to Jammeh’s assassin team about Jobe and Ceesay,” Jobe remarked.
Mustapha Jobe and Ebou Jobe shared the same Dad. He is not very familiar with Alhagie Marr. Marr spent most of his youthful days in the Greater Banjul Area. Marr is his elder brother, per their family relationship.
“I want to believe that Marr reported them because he was jealous of my brother’s success story in the US and life improvements. He might also reported them because of cash. He was the one, who reported them to Jammeh. He facilitated their murder. I was told that he is no longer in The Gambia. He has murdered his own relative Ebou Jobe,” Jobe added.
Pa Ousman Sanneh, a member of dictator Jammeh’s assassin team told the TRRC that he and his colleagues dug the grave in which Jobe and Ceesay were buried in the bushes of Kanilai, dictator Jammeh’s home locality. Sanneh, a native Kartong, said Jammeh had ordered them to murder Jobe and Ceesay. Jammeh also told them to chop their bodies into pieces. He added that Jobe and Ceesay were slaughtered shortly after their strangulation to death.
Mustapha Jobe has called on Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou to rescind his decision to release the three jungullars, who admittwed to killing political opponents. Two of the jungullars: Omar A. Jallow and Amadou Badjie had admitted to taking part in the murder of Ebou Jobe and Alhagie Mamut Ceesay.
Jobe says Tambadou’s decision will only cause more trauma to Jammeh’s victims. He also says it would create national security issues for the country—given what he called the victims current temperament towards the disturbing revelations coming from the Commission.
Jobe says he is beginning to loose faith and hope in the Barrow government’s promise to availing justice to the perpetrators of human rights violations during Jammeh’s rule. He added that the regime’s handling of the jungullars’ cases doesn’t manifest that it is interested in justice.
“No one can force reconciliation on us. In the absence of justice, there cannot be genuine reconciliation. They should engage the victims before arriving at such decision of releasing the jungullars,” he remarked.
Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai