Friday, March 24

Gambia High Commission issues security alert for Gambians in Sierra Leone after deadly protests

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By Adama Makasuba

The Gambia Embassy in Guinea Bissau overseeing Sierra Leone has issued a ‘heighten security alert’ for Gambians in Sierra Leone after deadly protests occurred in the country on Wednesday.

“Due to the current security situation in Freetown and other parts of the country, The Gambia High Commission in Freetown wishes to advise all Gambian citizens living and resident in the country to stay at home and avoid non-emergency travels until further notice.

“The High Commission will remain open to offer essential and emergency services to the public. Gambian citizens requiring services from the High Commission may call the following numbers +232 340 58777 and +232 314 14307,” the Embassy said in a statement.

“Gambian citizens are further advised to review their personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings, including local events, monitor local news stations for updates, be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security,” the High Commission said in a statement on Facebook page Wednesday evening.

“During the protests, some protesters have reportedly put-up roadblocks, burnt tyres, and called for the resignation of President Mada Bio, who was away at the time. So far, there has not been any official report of casualties, but unconfirmed reports said a number of police and civilians died from the clashes,” the statement added.