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Rest in peace Major Maba Jobe, former GNA Army Commander

The death has been announced of Major Maba Jobe, former Army Commander of the Gambia Armed Forces (formerly Gambia National Army) from 1991 – 1992. He died on Wednesday, 12th July 2023, and was laid to rest the same day.

Major Jobe was born in Farafenni but was residing in Bakau. He served as Commander of the Gambia National Army from 1991 to 1992.

The late Major Maba Jobe’s predecessor as Commander of the GNA was the late Major Pa Gaye, a resident of Tallinding. Pa Gaye was appointed as Commander of the GNA following the removal of Col. Momodou Ndow Njie. Pa Gaye had a short stint as GNA Commander and was replaced by the late Major Maba Jobe.

In 1992, a group of Nigerian officers and soldiers referred to as NATAG, meaning Nigerian Army Technical Assistance Group (NATAG) came into the country upon invitation by the former first president Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara to take over the Command of the Gambia National Army.

However, when NATAG came, the British Army Training Team (BATT) ceased to function in The Gambia and returned to the UK.

It was also because of this (NATAG) change that Major Maba Jobe was re-deployed to the Foreign Service at the Gambian Embassy in the UK.

Rest in peace Major Jobe!

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