• JUST IN: Anti-Jammeh T-shirt sellers 'freed' - BBC reports

    04/Jan/2017 // 3206 Viewers

     

    Mr Jammeh has refused to accept defeat in the 1 December election
    Five opposition sympathisers who were detained in The Gambia for selling or wearing T-shirts seen to be opposed to President Yayha have been released, AFP news agency quotes a security source as saying.

    One of those briefly detained, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said armed men had entered a shop selling merchandise featuring images of property developer Adama Barrow, who defeated Mr Jammeh in elections last month. 

    Caps, badges and T-shirts which had the slogan #GambiaHasDecided were seized, AFP reports. 

    The five were taken to the National Intelligence Agency headquarters where they were cautioned before being released, the agency adds.   

    Mr Jammeh, who first seized power in a coup in 1994, has refused to accept defeat and has launched court action to annul the result, despite pressure from the regional leaders to step down. 

    Mr Barrow has vowed to inaugurate himself as president on 19 January when Mr Jammeh's term ends. 

    Electoral commission chairman Alieu Momar Njai, who declared Mr Barrow the winner, has fled to neighbouring Senegal because of threats to his safety, his family has said. 


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  • Gambia army chief stands by embattled President Jammeh

    04/Jan/2017 // 1858 Viewers

     

    ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Gambia's army chief reaffirmed his loyalty to embattled President Yahya Jammeh on Wednesday in the face of a possible regional military intervention to enforce the result of an election that dealt the longtime leader a surprise defeat.

    Jammeh initially accepted his defeat in the Dec. 1 election but a week later reversed his position, vowing to hang onto power despite a wave of regional and international condemnation.

    West African regional bloc ECOWAS has placed standby forces on alert in case Jammeh attempts to stay in power after his mandate ends on Jan. 19. Jammeh has called the bloc's stance "a declaration of war".

    "May I please seize this opportunity to renew to your Excellency the assurance of the unflinching loyalty and support of the Gambia Armed Forces," General Ousman Badjie wrote in a letter to Jammeh published in a pro-government newspaper.

    Many Gambians, who have lived through 22 years of Jammeh's increasingly authoritarian rule, were stunned when the elections commission declared opposition figure Adama Barrow the winner of last month's election. Jammeh's initial acceptance of the result sparked nationwide celebrations.

    Badjie declared his allegiance to Barrow soon after the poll results were announced, according to a spokesman for the president-elect. However his position remained unclear following Jammeh's dramatic about-face.

    In an illustration of the growing pressure on Gambian officials as the Jan. 19 deadline looms, Alieu Momarr Njai, the head of the elections commission, fled Gambia on Friday due to fears for his security, family members said.

    Last month Gambian security forces seized control of the commission's headquarters, which holds the original poll records and told staff, including Njai, to leave.

    Over the weekend Gambian security agents closed three private radio stations, making it harder for the incoming government to communicate with its supporters.

    "It is a sign of weakness for any side of the political spectrum to resort to media closures rather than engagement to put one's position across," Barrow's office said on Wednesday in a statement that also called for the release of detainees.

    Leaders of ECOWAS member nations have dismissed Jammeh's move to challenge his election defeat before Gambia's Supreme Court on Jan. 10 and say they will attend Barrow's swearing-in this month. 

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  • Breaking: Gambia President-elect , ADAMA BARROW, not dead, he is safe and well

    04/Jan/2017 // 1302 Viewers

     

    Gambia President-elect has debunked rumour making the rounds that he has been assassinated but contrary to earlier media reports, Gambia’s president-elect, Adama Barrow is hale and hearty.

    CBN Television, Banjul had ‎earlier reported that he was murdered by that unknown assailants who overpowered his security guards, leaving two dead and six others injured from gunshots.

    However, a tweet from his official handle, @adama_barrow, ‎said he’s alive and well. “We would like to inform you that the President-elect is alive and well. #Gambia‎”, it read.
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    His rumoured death is coming few days after he referred to the country’s constitution that a court action taken by supposed outgoing President Yahya Jammeh cannot prevent the winner of the poll from assuming office as mandated by the constitution.

    “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.

    “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,” Barrow, who vowed to take office on January 19 despite the refusal of Jammeh to give up power, had stated.


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  • UPDATE: Manager of drowned Gambia goalkeeper: I don't know why she left - BBC reports again

    04/Nov/2016 // 924 Viewers

     

    A football manager in The Gambia has paid tribute to goalkeeper Fatim Jawara, who drowned at the age of 19 while trying to cross the Mediterranean. 

     Chorro Mbega, manager of the Red Scorpions club for which Jawara played, told the BBC that she was "a very lovely person, always smiling... very bold and intelligent".  

    Mbega said she could not understand why Jawara, who played for the national women's team, decided to embark on such a risky journey:    

    I'm really sad about this because she fought so much to be number one in the Gambia"
    In the BBC Focus on Africa interview, Mbega recalled the determination and versatility Jawara showed, after begging her to let her play outfield in a tour match and then contributing an assist:

    In her first international game for the club, she did not play as a goalie, but as a striker. She was a player who could play anywhere on the field. She loved the game so much."

    Mbega first heard that the young goalkeeper had gone travelling in September, after getting a phone call from the team's captain. 

    She said she was confused and saddened by her decision to leave for Europe:

    Everything she wanted had come true... she did not lack anything."
    However, she said that Red Scorpion players did not receive a monthly salary, relying on voluntary contributions to meet their needs.  - BBC

     


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  • Nnamdi Kanu and Buhari at daggers drawn, set for final showdown tomorrow @ ECOWAS Court

    04/Oct/2016 // 6533 Viewers

     


    The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Director of Radio Biafra and Biafra Television – Nnamdi Kanu, a Prisoner of Conscience, will be meeting with the federal government of Nigeria led by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, 5th October, 2016 in the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS in Abuja.

    Following series of alleged judicial misconduct from the Nigerian court, presided over by John Tsoho, who just withdrew from Nnamdi Kanu’s case, and having lost confidence in the ability of same court to do the needful, the legal team of Kanu filed a suit against the Nigerian state at the ECOWAS court of justice in May 2015, for gross misconduct and violation of his human right and court orders, stating that he should be released unconditionally.
     
    Despite meeting the bail conditions set, the Nigeria’s Department of State Security(DSS) have violated such orders and failed to release Nnamdi Kanu. It was against these backdrops and more that the defense counsels to Kanu (Barr. Ejiofor) took the initiative to file an application to secure his bail at the ECOWAS Court.

    It could also be recalled that the commander in chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria “President Buhari, displayed his ignorance in the most absurd manner by instructing ECOWAS court not to hear Kanu’s case, also vowing that Kanu would not be released due to what he termed as “severity of offence committed”, while forgetting that there is a limit to the power he wields as a president in Nigeria.

    IPOB reacting said, we want to make it absolutely clear to the whole of humanity that the severity of Kanu’s offence as ludicrously proclaimed by Buhari is nothing but ‘freedom fighting’ in the most civil manner as enshrined in the U.N charter on right to self determination, in which Nigeria under a tyrannical president -Buhari is a signatory to.

    Since almost a year ago he was kidnapped to be killed by DSS, until IPOB raised alarm, the Nigerian government is yet to find him guilty of any crime; despite numerous smear campaign and judicial manipulation, using John Tsoho as a willing tool, Kanu like a man who came to equity with clean hands was found too innocent to condemn; hence the radical approach to systematically assassinate him in prison using various mechanism, and thus prompting his lawyers to initiate an application for bail at the Ecowas court in order to secure his life.

    Nnamdi Kanu is a freedom fighter championing the cause of the restoration of Biafra, following the rules as obtainable under the U.N charter, and as adopted by the African Union (A.U) in which Nigeria is a member. It is preposterous that same body that instituted this law of self-determination have decided to keep silent under the present circumstances, triggering one to question the potency and virility of such laws.

    Nevertheless, we are urging all Biafrans, friends of Biafra, and lovers of freedom, to continue to stand in solidarity with our supreme leader, Nnamdi Kanu as his case comes up on that day. We the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are hopeful that Nnamdi Kanu will get justice at the ECOWAS Court on the 5th of October. We look forward to celebrating the victory of light over darkness, the group added.


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  • Nigeria’s recession drags West Africa’s GDP down - ECOWAS

    04/Oct/2016 // 423 Viewers

     

     

    The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Marcel de Souza, says the recession being experienced in Nigeria has a negative impact on the sub-region’s overall economic performance.

    De Souza said this while presenting the Community Status Report at the ongoing Second Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja on Tuesday.

    He was represented by the commission’s Vice President, Mr Edward Singhateh.

    He said the sub-region’s Gross Domestic Product had declined to three per cent in 2016 from 5.6 per cent in 2013.

    De Souza explained that Nigeria’s economy represents two thirds of the sub-region’s GDP.

    He said Nigeria’s GDP had dropped to 2.3 per cent in 2016 from 5.4 per cent in 2013, one of the lowest in the sub-region.

    De Souza explained that the drop in Nigeria’s growth rate was due to the reduction in oil prices.

    He said that The Gambia also had a reduction in its growth rate to 2.3 per cent from 4.8 per cent in 2013.

    Liberia and Cape Verde, he said, had a growth rate of 2.5 and 2.9 per cent respectively from 8.1 and one per cent respectively.

    The member state with the highest growth rate was Cote d’Ivoire from 9.3 per cent in 2013 to 9.8 per cent in 2016.

    Other member states experienced a growth rate of between 4.5 per cent and 6.6 per cent in 2016 against 3.3 per cent to 13 percent in 2013.

    He said, “The decline in Sierra Leone’s growth rate from 13 per cent to 21.5 per cent was mainly due to the negative impact of the Ebola Virus Disease on the country.”

    The ECOWAS president said that the highest inflation rates for 2015 were recorded in countries of the West African Monetary Zone which includes The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

    He noted that Ghana recorded the highest inflation rate of 17.7 per cent in 2015.

    He said that the other member countries of the Union Economique et Monitaire Ouest Africaine and Cape Verde recorded an inflation rate of less than two per cent in 2014 and 2015.

    The countries include Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

    He also noted that Africa’s economic growth declined from 3.8 per cent in 2014 to 23.2 per cent in 2015 and was expected to reach 2.8 per cent in 2016.

    De Souza noted that the decline was due to the fall in oil prices, as well as prices of commodities and the fragile political situation in some countries.

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  • Edo Guber Poll: More facts emerge as some Edo communities say, they didn't vote but surprised to hear results

    04/Oct/2016 // 2118 Viewers

     

    Four days after the Edo State governorship election, leaders of seven riverine communities in Ward 10, Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the state, have declared that they were still waiting for the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to bring voting materials to the area so that they could vote.

    Leaders of the mainly Itsekiri communities: Ajamimogha, Ajoki, Kolokolo, Ajatiton, Ikara, Abiala One and Abiala Two, said they waited to no avail for the arrival of voting materials to their communities on Wednesday. But they were shocked to discover that figures were appropriated to the communities wherein they did not vote.

    At a venue in Ajamimogha, where leaders of the communities gathered, the community head of Ajamimogha, Pa Edwin Otikperi, said nothing could be farther from the truth that election was held in the area, adding that it was the first time in recent times they would be disenfranchised.

    Another community leader and chairman of the Itsekiri Solidarity Movement, Dennis Otikperi, alleged that voting materials meant for the area were hijacked at Ologbo by an individual (names withheld), who they said led a group to thumprint the ballot papers and returned them to Benin.

    He said: “Itsekiris and Ijaws in these communities are here today to say that voting materials did not get here in the riverine communities of Ward 10, Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area. Most surprising, INEC still went ahead to announce the results of an election that was never conducted.

    “I have written a petition and it has been acknowledged by the Electoral Officer. We want the whole world to know this. We heard that voting materials were stopped at a side of the river by the backyard of one persons (names withheld) and thumprinted.

    “We sent our people there to find out and stop them. Our people were, however, chased away from the place by police and army, who accompanied the people. They could not record them because their phones were seized and thrown into the water. We have seven communities in these places. These communities have 15 units and we have over 10,000 votes here. I just want the whole nation to know this.”

    The community leaders were joined by the women, who took journalists to the Ajamimogha Community Hall, where they said voting was supposed to take place, insisting that they did not vote on Wednesday.

    An ex-militant in the community, ‘General’ Roland Abanara, also corroborated the claims, claiming that the people, who prevented them from voting, caged him at his hotel room on the election day.

    He alleged, “That very day, they sent army officers to my hotel at Ologbo. They took my phones and made sure that I was useless until about three. The APC people took the ballot papers and thumprinted everything and said that we voted.”


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  • World leaders in shock, outraged as terrorists from Nigeria launch, kill 5 in cross-border attacks

    04/Sep/2016 // 4500 Viewers

     

    PARIS, SEPTEMBER 4, 2016: (DGW) As Nigeria battles Islamist insurgency within its territorial borders amid claims of victory over Boko Haram insurgents, some members of the Islamist group reportedly rode on camels  into a village in southeastern Niger and killed five people, Anfani radio station monitored here in Paris has disclosed. 

    According to the report, the attackers staged an overnight raid on Saturday last week in the commune of Toumour, about 75 km (47 miles) from the regional capital Diffa burning houses and leaving scores of others mortally wounded. 

    This is one of the very recent attacks in Diffa region  by suspected militants, who usually come on foot or in vehicles. Boko Haram is headquartered across the border in northeastern Nigeria and seeks to carve out an emirate and impose a strict interpretation of Islamic law.

    Meanwhile, the incessant cross-border attacks by Boko Haram insurgents has drawn an outrage from leaders in the West African subregion and the rest of the world  amid claims by the Nigerian government that Boko Haram has been technically defeated while attacks appear to have increased this time with undiminished intensity, a claim which many world leaders have called in question.

     


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  • By-election for Sare Nagai Ward billed for April 28

    05/Apr/2016 // 165 Viewers

                        Alhagie Mustapha L Carayol, Gambia's IEC boss 


    BANJUL, APRIL 5, 2016: (DGW) - A by-election has been scheduled for Thursday, April 28 to fill the vacant seat of a Councillor representing Sare Ngai Ward in Basse Area Council, sources told our reporter on Tuesday in Banjul, the Islamic Republic of The Gambia.

    The country's electoral body, the Independent Electoral will conduct the by-election to fill the vacant seat and nomination of the candidates that will be vying for the vacant seat of the Councillor in the above-mentioned Ward will hold on Thursday, April 14, 2016.

    In a statement issued and signed  by Alhagie Mustapha L Carayol, Chairman, Independent Electoral Commission  in Banjul and made available to journalists, candidates contesting the seat are expected to collect the nomination forms gratis from between Monday, April 4 and Thursday, April 14, 2016.

    Candidates, the statement added , are to report to the Independent Electoral Commission headquarters or IEC Basse Regional Office for the registration and collection of forms.

     


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  • Breaking! Fake US embassy in Ghana discovered after operating for 10 years

    05/Dec/2016 // 517 Viewers

     

    A fake US embassy in Accra, capital of Ghana, has been shut after issuing visas and executing other diplomatic tasks for a decade.

    The US State Department said until it was shut down, the sham embassy was housed in a run-down, pink two-storeyed building with a corrugated iron roof and flew a US flag outside.

    It also had a portrait of President Barack Obama.

    “It was not operated by the United States government, but by figures from both Ghanaian and Turkish organised crime rings and a Ghanaian attorney practicing immigration and criminal law,” the State Department said in a statement.

    Turkish citizens, who spoke English and Dutch, posed as consular officers and staff in the operation. Investigations also uncovered a fake Dutch embassy, the State Department said.

    The crime ring issued fraudulently obtained but legitimate US visas and false identification documents, including birth certificates at a cost of $6,000 each.

    During raids that led to a number of arrests, authorities also seized authentic and counterfeit Indian, South African and Schengen Zone visas and 150 passports from 10 different countries along with a laptop and smart phones.

    The statement did not say how the gang obtained the authentic visas; and the State Department did not say how many people were believed to have illegally entered the United States and other countries using visas issued by the crime ring, which used bribery to operate unhindered.

    “The criminals running the operation were able to pay off corrupt officials to look the other way, as well as obtain legitimate blank documents to be doctored,” the statement said.

    There was no immediate comment from Ghana’s Criminal Investigations Division.


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