Pape Ali blasts gov’t for linking him to Barrow “corruption’ story

Pape Ali blasts gov't for linking him to Barrow “corruption' story

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By Omar Bah

A prominent investigative Senegalese journalist, Pape Aly Niang has denied ever doing a report accusing President Adama Barrow and Tourism Minister Hamat Bah of engaging in massive corruption.

The investigative journalist was reported to have done a story alleging that President Barrow together with Minister Bah recently purchased a vast plot of land in Senegal at the tune of $227,000, a number of other luxurious properties, and holding various bank accounts.

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When the news of the allegations emerged, The Gambia Government Spokesman, Ebrima Sankareh said President Barrow denied the allegations as the “darkest lie ever orchestrated against him and his person.”

Sankareh went ahead to say the president may consider legal action against Niang.

But reacting to the government’s statement in a Kerr Fatou exclusive from his base in Senegal, Pa Ali Niang said: “When I heard that the government threatens to sue me, I laughed because this shows their lack of foresight and I think Barrow should sack his spokesperson because he should have investigated and find out whether I am the one who wrote it. I have nothing to hide.” 

He said if Barrow had gone ahead to sue him, he would in turn sue the Gambian leader for falsely accusing him of things he knew nothing about.