The Gambia’s president-elect, Adama Barrow, is alive, hale and hearty, contrary to reports that he was assassinated.
Several news websites and CBN Television in Banjul had earlier reported that he was murdered by unknown assailants who overpowered his security guards, leaving two dead and six others injured from gunshots.
But 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.
Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh had accused West African regional body, ECOWAS, of declaring war against his country, when he was asked to step down for a democratically elected president.
Jammeh, who accused ECOWAS of putting forces on alert in case he refused to step down, has vowed to stay in power despite losing a Dec. 1, 2016 election to rival Adama Barrow.
He also promised to defend The Gambia against any outside aggression, in a New Year speech broadcast on state TV.
The veteran leader initially conceded defeat in the vote, then changed his mind days later – raising fears that regional powers might have to intervene to oust him.