Ali Cham, a Gambian rapper popularly known as Killa Ace, has fled the country after he and his family received death threats via phone from the dreaded National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

The threat on Cham’s life follows the release of a song on June 23 about the human rights abuses by President Yahya Jammeh’s government. The song decried the censorship and violations against journalists, religious leaders, human rights activists and citizens.

“My wife and I, and my manager, incessantly received death threats and calls from the NIA demanding my whereabouts,” Cham reportedly told journalists.

Cham fled to neighbouring Senegal with his family and management team and is currently seeking asylum there.

Due to the oppressive behaviours of the government of Jammeh, many Gambians have sought asylum in Senegal, USA and Europe. 

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