“It has come to the attention of the government of the Gambia that a fake news concocted by a Gambian opposition news site in the United States reported that the government of the Gambia intends to shut down Banjul international airport from 10th January 2017. This false news been picked up by other online information outlets, shared and gone viral. This has led to express anxiety from airline passengers intending to fly in out of the Gambia from the quoted date,” said a statement issued by The Gambian government.  

“The government of the Gambia clarifies that this information is a complete fabrication and that the government has not issued any such directive. All passengers intending to use the Banjul international airport are hereby being reassured that the airport remains open and will remain open for business as usual. This fake news like so many issued from the time of pre-election are part of a campaign of misinformation and disinformation being orchestrated by enemies of the Gambia state in their unholy objective of fomenting confusion and civil strife among the peace-loving and all-fearing Gambia populace,” the statement added.

“The government of the Gambia hereby urges people to disregard this fake news being routinely circulated about the country. Allah willing, the Gambia remain and will remain a stable and peaceful state for all its citizen and residents,” the statement concluded.

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