Dennis Okari

Al Shabaab had planted a bomb for us! Dennis Okari reveals about Somalia visit

Dennis Okari, NTV’s investigative journalist recently opened up on a life experience he underwent in the line of duty, that left him shaken to the core.

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Dennis narrated how a journey to Somalia hunting for a story could have been his last, saying that something seemed amiss the moment they arrived for their interview but as he explains, the soldiers tried to downplay it.

Dennis Okari
Dennis Okari

“We went to Somalia Jubaland and we were going to interview the president at statehouse and before leaving camp, we signed some documents and I could tell there was something they weren’t telling me. I knew the soldiers are trained to behave a certain way and I could tell they are trying to be calm but there was something wrong. After the interview, they drove us to an open field,” he explained.

Dennis Okari
Dennis Okari

According to Okari, the tension was as a result of a bomb being planted by the Al-Shabaab after being informed of their visit. Luckily, they evaded it and got back safely.

“It was actually a bomb. The previous day I was taking the town shots in one of the roads and they gave me 10 seconds to do that and I think the Al-Shabaab had seen us or somebody told them there were journalists around and because we were going to use the same road to whatever we are doing, they planted it early in the morning. What the military did, they were trying to go through the same route to make sure everything is okay. I was very very scared,” he said.

Dennis Okari posing
Dennis Okari posing

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