The Gambia Bar Association in collaboration with the Judiciary of The Gambia, Friday, 27th November 2015, held a valedictory ceremony in honour of the late Abdou Karim Savage, the first-ever Gambian Chief Justice.
The ceremony held at the Judiciary complex in Banjul was attended by the Secretary General, Head of the Civil Service and Minister of Presidential Affairs, amongst other Cabinet Ministers, Judges, Magistrates, members of the Gambia Bar Association, relatives and friends.
CJ Justice FagbenleSpeaking at the ceremony, the Chief Justice of the Gambia, Emmanuel Fagbenle, disclosed that the ceremony is a tradition of both the bench and the bar; that whenever any of their members passed away they give a befitting valedictory ceremony in honour of their service.
He described the late AK Savage, as he was fondly known, as a simple and modest man who left a good memory.
He thanked the family members for joining them in the ceremony, as well as the members of the bar and the Ministry of Justice for making sure the event was a success.
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mama Fatima Singhateh disclosed that the late AK Savage served in various capacities within the Ministry of Justice mentoring and touching the lives of all who knew him.
Minister SinghatehShe said AK Savage rose from positions of State Counsel, Senior State Counsel and Curator of Intestate to the position of Registrar of Companies.
Minister Singhateh added that the late AK Savage crossed over to the Judiciary after he was elevated to the bench where he rose again through the ranks up to the position of Chief Justice of The Gambia.
According to her, at each stage of his career, Justice Savage exhibited a high level of professionalism and he touched the lives of many.
Aja Marie Savage, a daughter of the late Justice Savage, also said her father lived an exemplary life, and he had been a simple man.
The late Abdou Karim Savage died on the 27th August 2015 at the age of 69. Before his demise he made his mark as an educationist, Islamic scholar and legal luminary, having risen to the highest judicial office of the land.
And as remembered by everyone, he was a modest man who enjoyed the simple things of life and his greatest wealth was the acquisition of knowledge.