Gambia ALERT: Musician charged for vandalizing radio station

A Gambian musician, Nfamara Sambou, has been charged by the Bundung Magistrates’ Court based in the capital, Banjul, for vandalizing the studios of Banjul-based Star FM, and attempting to injure an entertainment show host, Kebba Camara.

Sambou has since denied the offence and has been charged on three counts of “going armed in public, wilful damage to property and criminal trespass.” He is, however, on a bail-bond of 200,000 Dalasis (about US$6,000) and will re-appear in Court on September 18, 2013.

According to the MFWA’s sources in the country, Star FM during their Gambia Info programme announced that Sambou had impregnated three women living on the same compound.

On September 2, 2013, Sambou was invited to the studios of Star FM upon his request to be granted airtime to clear his image which he claimed had been tarnished by the radio station.

He insisted that Star FM’s news story which alleged that he had impregnated three women living on the same compound in Banjul was false but rather he impregnated only two women.

“During the live studio interview, Sambou rained insults and demanded that Camara reveals his source of information since he reported the story,” the monitor said.

His violent demeanour caused the radio station to halt the programme and at that instance, he brought out a pestle from his bag and tried to hit Camara, who ran out.

He proceeded to vandalize the studio destroying equipment worth almost 93,000 Dalasis (about $3,000).

The MFWA condemns this unruly behaviour by Sambou and hopes the law will take its course.

For more information please contact:
Kwame Karikari (Prof)
Executive Director
Tel: 233-0302-24 24 70
Fax: 233-0302-22 10 84

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