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Omar Jabang, 24, is The Gambia’s youngest ever principal magistrate
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Omar Jabang, 24, is The Gambia’s youngest ever principal magistrate

At the age of just 24, Omar Jabang has become The Gambia's youngest principal magistrate in history.  His recent appointment as acting principal magistrate at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court was seen by many as a major victory for youth empowerment.

Born in Pirang, Kombo East, Omar was a top notch student graduating with first class honors from the Law School of the University of The Gambia.  

He was still studying for his Bar exam, when he was offered his first job as a first class magistrate. The office of the Chief Justice was impressed with his academic success and his personal maturity.

Unlike many young Gambians in the legal system, Omar was born in a poor family and did all his studies in the country. He attended Nusrat Senior Secondary School, where he was also recognized as a sharp mind.

Today, the young principal magistrate is well-regarded and admired in the justice circles. He is currently presiding over a number of high profile cases, including that of former minister and opposition firebrand, Lamin Waa Juwara.

However, there are a few people in the judicial sector, who claim Omar is too young to dispense justice. According to them, the Pirang-born lacks experience.

A family friend living in the USA told What’s On –Gambia that Omar is now getting used to people asking about his age and life experience.

“He is a credible young bright, who really worked hard to reach where he is now. The whole family is proud of his achievements.  Omar is passionate about working for his country,” he said. 

 

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