Contrary to viral reports by a local media that Gambia’s president-elect Adama Barrow is dead, sources from the President-elect and close allies confirmed that he is alive.
Reports from local media had earlier stated that Barrow was assassinated by unknown assailants.
The local media reported that the assailants overpowered the security guards of Mr. Barrow, leaving two of the guards dead and other six injured from gunshots.
Reacting to the rumour via a Tweet, Barrow stated that he is alive.
Also, a popular Gambian journalist, Fatu Camara debunked the assassination rumour.
She said; “We are getting reports that due to threats on the lives of coalition members, many of them are currently evacuated to safe houses..
“Meanwhile, contrary to fake news going around that President Elect Barrow and two security guards were assassinated, we can confirm to you that Barrow is fine as we speak. Stay tuned!,” she posted on Facebook.
She also posted on Twitter saying that the President-elect is alive and safe.
Jeffrey Smith, an activist who is keen on Gambian politics also reacted to the report.
He tweeted: “Just spoke to folks in Banjul, incl. key members of #Gambia’s incoming government. President-Elect Barrow is safe, and so is everyone else.”
Other sources also confirmed that Barrow is alive.