Brazilian Police Shoot Gambian Immigrant in São Paulo

Bubacarr Dukureh was killed during a deadly encounter with Brazillian police on Thursday

A Gambian living in the Brazilian city of São Paulo has been shot and killed by Brazilian police, The Alkamba Times can report.

Bubacarr Dukureh was killed during a deadly encounter with Brazillian police on Thursday; his friends and a representative of the Gambian Association in the Latin American country confirmed the tragedy to The Alkamba Times.

“It all happened on Thursday evening, 14 September 2022, when he went out for a walk, according to his wife; he was subsequently shot to death by the police,” Edrisa Kuyateh, Secretary-General Gambians in Brasil, told TAT.

According to the police report, the young man was suspected of being armed, but his wife described the police report as false.

“Babucarr’s wife told us that the police just killed him for no reason, and they are making up stories and incriminating him about being armed. His corpse is still at the hospital, and hopefully, tomorrow, Monday, 19 September 2022, the police will give clearance to access the body, Kuyateh said.

He described the incident as unfortunate and called for justice for their brother.

“This is unfortunate news to the Gambian Community in Brazil because Gambians are very hard working and law-abiding, and this has never happened to us. But unfortunately, this has brought fear among Gambians here in Brazil.

We don’t know who will be the next victim, and worst of all, we have no representative in Brazil and Latin America who we can run to for help in such situations, which makes us very worried.

We need the government of the Gambia to intervene. We need justice for Bubacarr Dukureh, and we want to know the cause of his Death and the crime he committed,” the SG of Gambians Association in Brazil added.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.


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