Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has shut Paradise FM, the fourth radio station to be closed since last week as pressure mounts on him to concede defeat.
The radio was closed on orders allegedly given by the Communication and Information Ministry, Presenter Andrew Gibba said.
Reports say the closure came hours after Paradise FM had interviewed a spokesman of a coalition backing president-elect Adama Barrow, to whom President Yahya Jammeh has refused to cede power after losing the Dec. 1 election.
The closure followed those of Teranga FM, Hilltop FM and Afri Radio.
The authorities have not given an explanation for any of the closures.
Nigeria On Standby To Evacuate Citizens
As uncertainty reigns in Gambia, senior special assistant to the president Muhammadu Buhari on foreign affairs and diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said the federal government is “on standby” to evacuate Nigerians in Gambia if the need arises.
Dabiri-Erewa disclosed this via Twitter while responding to an inquiry by a social media user on the fate of Nigerians in Gambia.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa ✔ @abikedabiri
Hopefully not. Optimistic in intervention of our heads of state . However, Nigeria on standby if evacuation needed