Yahya Jammeh Shuts Down Popular Gambia Radio Station

By Ikenga Chronicles January 2, 2017

Embattled Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has on Sunday shut down a popular independent Gambian radio station Teranga FM for unspecified reasons.

“Four National Intelligence Agency operatives and one police officer in uniform came to the radio station this afternoon [Sunday] around 2:30 pm and told us to stop broadcasting” a staff member disclosed.

“They said they have been ordered by the Director General of NIA, Yankuba Badjie, to tell us to stop broadcasting with immediate effect. We asked them the reason for their action, but they said they are only acting on executive orders and do not know the reason why the radio should stop broadcasting” he added.

A security source said no one had been arrested but could not say why the radio station was ordered off the air.

“We only asked them to stop broadcasting and they cooperated with us. They have stopped broadcasting since in the afternoon” the source said.

Recall that Station manager Alagie Ceesay was arrested by the country’s secret police in July 2015 on charges of sedition and “publication of false news” relating to allegations that he distributed images by mobile phone of a gun pointed at a picture of Jammeh.

Ceesay escaped from hospital where he was being treated in mid-April last year while on trial for sedition.

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