Reports which suggest Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow has been killed is unsubstantiated.
We found no evidence that Adama Barrow ,the president elect of the just ended election in Gambia, has been killed.
CLAIM:Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow has been killed
Origin: There are some reports circulating on social media which is reported by some hoax website that Adama Barrow has been killed.
“Banjul – Gambia’s president-elect Adama Barrow who vowed to take office on January 19 despite the refusal of outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to give up power has been killed by unknown assailants.
The assailants overpowered the security guards of Mr. Barrow, leaving two of the guards dead and other six injured from gunshots.
President Yahya Jammeh, the ‘prime suspect’ has denied any involvement in the incident.
The assassination of Mr. Barrow comes few days after he referred to the country’s constitution that a court action taken by Jammeh cannot prevent the winner of the poll from assuming office as mandated by the constitution.
He was responding to Jammeh, who said Saturday that a decision of the Economic Community of West African States to send troops to ensure a peaceful transition of power was a “declaration of war” and called for a fresh poll.
“It should be crystal clear that filing an election petition is the private matter of a loser in an election. It does not prevent mandatory constitutional processes from taking place,” Barrow said.
ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations could only intervene if “the two presidents fail to do, with impeccable thoroughness, what the constitution of the republic demands,” he said.”
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FACT :However, we found no credibility in the portal that first published the reports.We went on to do our checks as usual,called some of our colleagues in Gambia to substantiate the said attack on the president elect.
They instantly told us to disregard that story and that Adama is fit as a fiddle and not dead whatsoever as it has been reported.
Also, no major news portal in Gambia has carried out such reports.