He is alive and well. Adama Barrow’s assassination story is completely false.
Courtesy of a fake news website, a fallacious rumor that the president-elect of Gambia, Adama Barrow was assassinated sprung up. The news was all over the social media.
It followed after the news that Gambia’s army chief pledged his loyalty to the incumbent President Jammeh.
The fake news set off tension in the country as many attributed it to Jammeh’s refusal to step down.
Clearing the air, Gambian journalists and reliable sources from Barrow’s camp debunked the fake news.
“Mr Barrow and the entire members of the coalition are all here and going about their business. Gambians should ignore this rumors and continue with their preparations to inaugurate their president on January 19,” Gambian local media JollofNews quotes an unnamed member of the opposition.
Gambian journalist Fatu Camara also took to tweeter to re-affirm that Adama Barrow’s assassination story was false:
“News circulating that President Elect Barrow is killed is fake. Barrow is well and safe, he finished a meeting a while ago.”
Fatu said the president-elect was alive. Nevertheless she mentioned that the members of the coalition party were evacuating to safe houses due to threats by the authorities.
This will not be the first time such fake news about prominent people trended for reasons best known to the rumor peddlers.
Africa’s richest man alive, Dangote has has his fair share of false death news.
Dangote took to the social media to counter the fake news.
“I am hale, hearty and alive. Please disregard malicious report saying otherwise. Thank you.”
Subsequent report said that his legal team will square it out with the fake news website.
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has equally faced a similar situation.
Adama Barrow will be the third important personality to have been reported dead by a fake news website in three months.