By Oladapo Okeowo

Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow is seen during an exclusive interview with Reuters in Banjul, Gambia, December 12, 2016. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow is seen during an exclusive interview with Reuters in Banjul, Gambia, December 12, 2016. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Eight-year-old Habibou Barrow, son of Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow, is reported to have died on the way to the hospital on Sunday after being bitten by a dog.

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Mr Barrow who is currently in Senegal, upon advice from ECOWAS leaders, was unable to attend his son’s funeral.

According to a journalist with the UK Guardian newspaper, “Barrow is in Dakar so could not attend the funeral of his 8yo son today, who died after dog attack. Hard to imagine how he must be feeling.” — Ruth Maclean (@ruthmaclean) 16 January 2017

Gambia is currently in a state of restive calm ahead of the January 19 handover date as the incumbent, Jammeh refuses to acknowledge the validity of Barrow’s win at the polls.

He applied to the Supreme Court to stop Mr Barrow’s inauguration.

But on Monday, the Chief Justice refused to rule on the issue as he was a subject of the injunction which sought to stop him swearing in Mr Barrow.

Thousands of people have been leaving the country, including th electoral commissioner who is reported to have fled too.

Before his death, Habibou was one of five children from two wives of Adama Barrow.