Tragic moments in NBR as school boy, 14 dies in wrestling bout

ASP Lamin Njie, Gambia Police Force Spokesperson

Tragedy struck a community in the North Bank Region (NBR) as a school boy, 14 died during a wrestling match, The Alkamba Times, can report.

The incident was reported to have occurred on Friday November 27th.

Sources familiar with the matter who spoke to our reporter on conditions of anonymity confirmed the development to The Alkamba Times.

“I can confirm to you that the incident happened in one of the villages in the NBR. The suspect who is 14 years old was brought to the Farafenni Police Station on Friday and police investigators are investigating the case.”

Sup. Lamin Njie, spokesperson of The Gambia Police Force (GPF) who was contacted for comments confirmed the development, saying: “We can confirm the incident happened in one of the villages of the NBR and involved two students.”

Narrating the incident in detail, PRO Njie said: “The 14-years-old boy was wrestling with a 15-years-old opponent. Unfortunately, the 14-years-old was wrestled to the ground and couldn’t get up after that. He was quickly rushed to a nearby health center where he was pronounced dead,” he posited, adding that Police have launched investigations into the matter.

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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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