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Momodou Posted - 21 Feb 2022 : 21:07:43
May Allah (SWT) grant him Jannah.

Gambia’s ambassador to US, Dawda Fadera, dies

The Standard: FEBRUARY 21, 2022

By Lamin Cham

The Gambia’s ambassador to the United States, Dawda Fadera, died at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital yesterday. He is believed to be in his fifties.

Fadera was born in Kiang Nema in Lower River Region and attended Muslim High School graduating in the mid-1980s. He studied human resource management at Fourah Bay College, University of The Sierra Leone at undergraduate level and proceeded to do a master’s degree in the United Kingdom.

Fadera worked at the Ministry of Tourism where he eventually became permanent secretary, a position he relocated with to the Personnel Management Office where he stayed until 2017.

At beginning of that year, he was appointed secretary general and head of the civil service, a position he held until 2019 when he was deployed to the diplomatic mission as ambassador to the United States. He lives in Brufut with his family.

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Momodou Posted - 12 Apr 2022 : 14:11:20
Inquest finds Fadera died of infection, not poisoning
APRIL 12, 2022

Press release

On 21st February 2022 his Lordship the Hon. Chief Justice Hassan B. Jallow, upon the application of the Attorney General pursuant to the Coroners Act (Cap 7:04 Laws of The Gambia) appointed Her Worship Hon. Sidi K. Jobarteh, then Principal Magistrate as a coroner to inquire into the cause of death of His Excellency Dawda Fadera, former Ambassador of the Republic of the Gambia to the USA.

Mr. Fadera died on the 20th of February 2022 whilst admitted as a patient at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul.

The inquest commenced on the 2nd of March 2022 and concluded on 31st March 2022. The Coroner submitted her report to the Hon. Chief Justice on 1st of April 2022. The Coroner examined ten witnesses including the pathologist and staff of the hospital, an independent medical expert as well as family members of the deceased, visited the hospital and reviewed relevant documents such as the post mortem report and the hospital file of the deceased.

The Coroner’s verdict is that the deceased died as a result of an infection following surgery performed on him at the hospital. The coroner found no evidence of poisoning or other unlawful conduct causing the death.

The report has been forwarded to the Attorney General and to the medical authorities.
Momodou Posted - 08 Apr 2022 : 14:53:11
The Standard: APRIL 8, 2022

By Binta A Ba

Magistrate Sidi Jabarteh, who has been presiding over the inquest into the ‘suspicious’ death of former Gambian ambassador to the US Dawda Fadera, has formally submitted her report to the Chief Justice, credible sources told The Standard. The inquiry took a little over two weeks and has called about ten witnesses, including the widow of the late ambassador and several doctors from the EFSTH and Medicare Clinic. The inquest was set up by an order from the Attorney General following what officials called reasonable suspicion in the circumstances of Fadera’s death.

Almost immediately after his death, rumours started flying that Fadera, who was admitted at EFSTH and operated on, might have been poisoned. His family demanded an autopsy which was done but the results are not made public yet.

Judicial sources informed The Standard that the report is now with the Chief Justice who would share it with the relevant authorities and concerned people.

It is not known when the report will be made public.
toubab1020 Posted - 29 Mar 2022 : 13:31:09



The Standard:
By Binta A Bah

The Standard has been reliably informed that the inquest into the death of former Gambian ambassador to the U.S Dawda Fadera is now completed. The inquiry was setup by the Chief Justice on the order of the Attorney General following ‘reasonable suspicion’ in the circumstances of his death. In the last sitting yesterday, two doctors gave their testimonies. They are Kehinde Olanshile Oduntan who examined Fadera when he was rushed to Medicare and Lamin K Ceesay, who was the last to attend to him before pronouncing him dead at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital.

In his testimony before the Coroner, Magistrate Sidi Jobarteh, Dr Oduntan, who specialises in surgery, narrated that Dawda Fadera was brought to Medicare Clinic in the middle of the night complaining of a two-day constipation. He said examinations later revealed that he had a swollen abdomen around the umbilical area and his vital signs were showing a high pulse rate and a very low oxygen circulation.

Doctor Oduntan said he suggested to the family that Fadera needed to be operated on but they (the family) requested a referral to EFSTH while he was waiting for test results.

The doctor continued to state that Fadera was referred and admitted at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital. The Coroner then told the doctor that what the record showed is that the patient was interacting with people until the last stage when his antibiotic was being administered and that was the time he started having shocks which led to his death. “Medically, can you say what is the cause of that?” the Magistrate inquired. In response, Dr Oduntan said one of the possible reasons for that could be an allergic reaction.

“But for this to happen, the patient must have had previous allergy to this medication. It may not cause death suddenly but in later stage, if assistance is not given, it can lead to death,” he said.

Meanwhile, the second doctor to testify Lamin K Ceesay, who was the last to attend to the ambassador, told the inquiry that he was at home when he got a call from the hospital that the condition of Fadera had changed and he was needed at the hospital.

He said when he reached the hospital, he found that nurses were trying to help revive Fadera who had no pulse and his heart was no longer beating.
Momodou Posted - 18 Mar 2022 : 13:43:06
Doctor who performed autopsy on Fadera testifies at inquest
MARCH 18, 2022

By Tabora Bojang

A medical examiner who performed autopsy on the body of Dawda Fadera, the deceased Gambian ambassador to the United States, testified at the coroner’s inquiry at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

The inquest is led by Principal Magistrate Sidi Jobarteh of Banjul.

Wednesday’s sitting, according to judicial sources, was the fourth since the inquest commenced.

Ambassador Fadera was on a visit to Banjul when he fell ill and was admitted at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital where he subsequently died on 20th February 2022.

In the wake of his death, rumours of him being poisoned gained currency.

According to reports reaching The Standard, this led to the family requesting for an autopsy before the body was interred.

Judicial sources said during Wednesday’s hearing, the doctor [name withheld] who conducted the autopsy on the body was called to testify and shed light on the cause of death.
Momodou Posted - 24 Feb 2022 : 14:04:14
CJ appoints Coroner to probe death of Dawda Fadera
The Point: Feb 24, 2022

The Chief Justice of The Gambia has appointed a Coroner to investigate the death of late Gambian diplomat Dawda Fadera who passed away on Sunday at the Edward Francis Teaching Hospital.

The letter dated 21 February 2022 and seen by The Point, has confirmed Her Worship Madam Sidi K. Jobarteh as the Coroner into the death of Mr. Fadera.

“As a Magistrate of the first class in the city of Banjul, his lordship, the Honourable Chief Justice has designated you as the Coroner to inquire, in accordance with the Coroners Act Cap 7.1 section 11(1) (a) laws of the Gambia into the cause of death of His Excellency Mr. Dawda Fadera, the late Gambian Ambassador to the United States of America, reported to have occurred on Sunday, 20th February 2022 at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in the city of Banjul,” the letter stated.
Momodou Posted - 24 Feb 2022 : 13:53:30
Gov’t orders inquest into Fadera’s death

The Standard: FEBRUARY 24, 2022

By Lamin Cham
The attorney general has written a request to the chief justice ordering an inquest into the death of Dawda Fadera, former Gambian ambassador to the United States.

Since the ambassador died at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital on Sunday, speculation has been making the rounds that he had been poisoned.

The Standard has learnt that an autopsy was conducted on the body before it was released for interment late Monday evening. The result of the autopsy has not been made public.

However, The Standard saw a copy of an official letter from the AG’s Chambers addressed to the chief justice ordering an inquest in the death. The letter read:

“Following circumstances which raised reasonable suspicion with regard to the cause of death of [Dawda Fadera], the Honourable Attorney General acting under Section 11 of the Coroner’s Act Cap 7, Laws of The Gambia, would like Your Lordship to order an inquest touching on the death of Dawda Fadera.”

In response, the chief justice assigned Principal Magistrate Sidi Jobarteh of the Banjul Magistrates Court as the coroner to inquire into the death.

Dawda Fadera was born in Nema, Kiang East, and attended Muslim High School before bagging degrees in Sierra Leone and Britain. He served as a permanent secretary and head of the civil service before being appointed The Gambia’s ambassador to Washington.

Momodou Posted - 23 Feb 2022 : 19:59:26
The Chief Justice has designated a Coroner to Inquire cause of the death of His Excellency Mr. Dawda Fadera the late Ambassador to the United States.

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