Legal fraternity honours late PCO Secka
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Thelegal fraternity Tuesday convened a special valedictory ceremony in honour of the late Barrister Pap Cheyassin Ousman Secka at the High Court in Banjul.
The late Secka died last Thursday and was laid to rest at the Old Jeshwang Cemetery where thousands of his colleagues, friends and associates paid their last respects. The High Court ceremony was inline with a long tradition observed by the Gambian legal fraternity when it loses one of its members.
The event, attended by members of the Gambia Bar Association; the bench comprising of magistrates and judges headed by the chief justice of The Gambia, Emmanuel Agim; and officials from the AG Chambers headed by the attorney general and minister of Justice, Lamin Jobarteh; family members of the late PC Secka; and friends, was characterised by delivery of statements from different personalities.
CJ Agim described the late Secka as his true friend, colleague and associate, saying their relationship dates back to decades, starting from his early days in The Gambia. He also dwelt on what he called his fruitful and passionate relationship with the late PC Secka covering both social and legal relationship including cases they were involved in at court.
The CJ also recalled that land was allocated to him by the late PC Secka in Brusubi right from the very beginning of his stay in the country. He further recalled that PC Secka, while serving as AG and minister of Justice introduced him to President Jammeh. He informed the gathering that he received numerous encouragement from PC Secka while he [Agim] was a state lawyer at the AG Chambers.
He went on to describe PC Secka as a man of courage, wisdom and knowledge, who stood and defended the cause of justice in the country and beyond, as attested to his defending of cases in court and rendering of numerous services to the Gambia legal service, among others.
CJ Agim urged the bereaved family to have faith and unite to maintain the legacy left by the deceased, cognizant of the fact that death is inevitable. “We came from God and to him we shall return,” he added.
Lamin Jobarteh, the attorney general and minister of Justice also eulogised the life and deeds of the late PC Secka, whom he described as a true friend, colleague, mentor and associate at the bar. The Justice minister spoke about the importance of living a fruitful life as done by the late PC Secka, through rendering invaluable service to humanity at all times. He described Secka’s demise as a great loss to the legal system of The Gambia and beyond.
Sheriff Tambedou, the president of the Gambia Bar Association, described the late Secka as his mentor, true friend andcolleague, who stood and defended the cause of justice for all in the country and beyond. He further described him as a man of courage and hardworking legal practitioner, who served as a state counsel and on different legal committees in the country, and had done a lot for the cause of promotion and development of the Gambia Legal System.
Tambedou noted that the event was inline with the teachings of the Holy Quran, which recommended, among others, for people to always honour their departed colleagues and speak well of them. He also disclosed that the late Secka was the first legal practitioner he worked with after he [Tambedou] returned from his legal studies abroad.
The Gambia Bar Association president told the gathering that PC Secka always respected and honoured him as president of the bar, despite him [Secka] being his senior and mentor. He added that Secka was attending all the meetings and activities convened by the Gambia Bar Association and always addressed him as ‘Mr President’. Tambedou finally prayed for the departed soul to rest in perfect peace.
Lawyer Surahata Janneh, described by many as one of the oldest members of the Gambia Bar Association, also took his time to recall his outstanding relationship with the late PC Secka, starting from their high school days. Janneh said that he personally learnt a lot from the late PC Secka, whom he described as a man of wisdom and knowledge in both law and religion.
Alhaji Fafa Mbaye, another old member of the Gambia Bar Association, also spoke about the good deeds and life of a friend, colleague and long-time associate in the legal service whom he got to know about 33 years ago. He described the late Secka as a liberal man, courageous, determined and diligent, who will never be forgotten by members of the Gambia Bar Association.
Author: Sanna Jawara