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Two privately owned Radio Stations, Teranga FM and Hilltop radio were on Monday shut by security forces in Gambia amid a crisis over President Yaya Jammeh’s refusal to step down.

The closure of the two radio stations ‘without any reason’ is connected to the recent political developments in the country generated by President’s Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept defeat in December 1, 2016 presidential election.

Teranga FM is a leading news and political station in the West African country and mostly a platform where local newspapers are reviewed.

It suffered similar fate in 2012 when authorities of the National Intelligence agency shut it down for some time.

In July 2015, Teranga FM manager Alagie Ceesay was arrested for charges related to sedition and “publication of false news”. He denied the allegations.

The other radio station shut, Hiltop FM, is an entertainment station.

Mr. Adama Barrow caused a major upset last December by defeating President Jammeh by 43.3 per cent to 39.6 per cent.

After he initially conceded defeat and promised to relinquish power, President Jammeh rescinded the decision and launched court action to annul the results, saying the poll was marred by irregularities. President Jammeh has been leading Gambia for 22 years.

The Gambia has not had a smooth transfer of power since independence from Britain in 1965 and the Jammeh regime has long been accused of imprisoning, torturing and killing its opponents.

Author: Yemi Olarinre