Nigerian govt confirms deployment of fighter jets, soldiers to Gambia

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The Nigerian government has confirmed that it has deployed fighter jets and at least 200 soldiers to join their Senegalese counterparts for a Gambian mission.

The spokesperson of the Nigerian Air Force, Ayodele Famuyiwa, confirmed the deployment in a statement sent to the media.

“The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed to Senegal as part of Nigerian contingent of Economic Community of West African States Military Intervention in Gambia (ECOMIG) – a standby force tasked by ECOWAS Heads of State to enforce the December 1, 2016 election mandate in the The Gambia,” Mr. Famuyiwa, a Group Captain, said.

“The NAF today moved a contingent of 200 men and air assets comprising fighter jets, transport aircraft, Light Utility Helicopter as well as Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft to Dakar from where it is expected to operate into Gambia.”

ECOWAS had indicated its intention to forcefully remove President Yahya Jammeh from office should he decide to remain in power beyond Thursday, January 19, the date he is constitutionally expected to handover to President-elect Adama Barrow.

Mr. Jammeh has remained defiant, saying he would not leave office until the Supreme Court hears his petition challenging Mr. Barrow’s widely acclaimed victory.

The Supreme Court has said it cannot hear the matter as it does not have the 5 judges required to form a quorum
Any ECOWAS military mission is expected to be led by Senegal, Gambia’s immediate neighbour, and the country to which the Nigerian troops arrived.

Read the full statement by the Nigerian Air Force spokesperson below.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed to Senegal as part of Nigerian contingent of Economic Community of West African States Military Intervention in Gambia (ECOMIG) – a standby force tasked by ECOWAS Heads of State to enforce the December 1, 2016 election mandate in the The Gambia. The NAF today moved a contingent of 200 men and air assets comprising fighter jets, transport aircraft, Light Utility Helicopter as well as Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft to Dakar from where it is expected to operate into Gambia. The deployment is also to forestall hostilities or breakdown of law and order that may result from the current political impasse in The Gambia.

Addressing the contingent before departure, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar urged the troops to maintain discipline and be professional in their conduct. Reminding them to be good ambassadors of Nigeria, the CAS stated that no act of indiscipline by the contingent would be tolerated. The contingent, led by Air Cdre Tajudeen Yusuf, was airlifted this morning from 117 Air Combat Training Group Kainji. Other troop contributing countries include Senegal, Ghana and countries within the sub-region.

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  • Historees

    Premium Times Editor,

    Historians
    should be less sloppy by not marking tonight, the eve of the war with The
    Gambia, as a failure of diplomacy, because it is not. Rather, it is the failure
    by outsiders to deploy intelligent diplomacy. At no time did Ecowas deploy
    anything close to diplomacy. Besides bluster and threat – which have nothing to
    do with the intelligent activity called ‘diplomacy’ – nothing sensible was
    deployed by foreign countries in the context of the actual facts presented in
    The Gambia. Muhamadu Buhari as Ecowas Mediator hardly passed muster. Buhari
    articulated no position anyone in the world heard or agreed. Or did Buhari say
    what international law will be violated if the Supreme Court convened in five
    months’ time and decide the filed and pending election petition against the
    election of Mr. Barrow on a universally valid ground that insofar as the
    Gambian Electoral Commission issued and signed two separate and conflicting
    final election results, there is no way to know who won the Gambian
    presidential election.

    • D. Glavdar

      @Historees:

      In Nigeria, the Managing Director of Sterling bank, Yemi Adeola, continues his own corrupt tenure
      in office despite being caught a fortnight ago with 153 million dollars stolen from NNPC. Why then
      should President Yahya Jammeh in faraway Gambia be threatened with armored tanks to quit office,
      if Yemi Adeola, as a proved moneylaundering criminal accomplice, is granted impunity for continuous
      stay in office?

      It makes no sense! Even Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has never been asked to quit his own traditional
      office in Kano on the audit evidence of looting Central Bank of Nigeria in excess of 1.6 trillion Naira.
      These two examples show the contradictions of President Buhari’s foreign policy in The Gambia.

      A good foreign policy must come from domestic principles well-kept at home, not by endeavoring
      to enforce standards abroad which are routinely violated with impunity inside Nigeria

      • Foreign Bulletin

        “The Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a resolution to
        allow President Yahya Jammeh, who lost an election in December, to stay in
        office for three months from Wednesday when he was due to leave power. The
        decision announced on state television will raise tension with leaders of the
        West African bloc ECOWAS who have threatened sanctions or military force to
        make Jammeh hand over to opposition leader Adama Barrow who won the election.”

        ……………Mail & Guardian

        [January 18, 2017]

        • Saladin Cassandra

          I think there is a road not taken. But it is too late now to suggest any bright idea.

          The mind of Ecowas Leaders is concentrated on war but there may be no victor.

          • Mosley

            Senegal want to annex the Gambia against international law so is using this crisis as a ruse. They may be the cause in the mix-up in the electoral results announced by the electoral commission.

    • I just dey ask O!

      BUT HOW CAN ECOWAS EXPECT TO CONQUER THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF GAMBIA;
      ONQUER THE GAMBIAN ARMY, CONQUER GAMBIAN GENDARMES, CONQUER GAMBIA’s
      SUPREME COURT, CONQUER THE 48% pro JAMMEH VOTERS, AND STROLL OUT ALONE?

    • Sword of Damocles

      My friend, just like a LOT of the Nigerian Oligarchy, this chap Jammeh does not understand anything other than a “steel toe boot” KICK to the teeth, so that he can feel electricity current run up his spine. I can assure after this “procedure”, he will be eager, maybe enthusiastic about getting his dirty ass off that seat(that he has soiled with his smelly yansch for 24 yrs). AS you may deduce from the TONE of my comment, my disdain for people of his ilk, is OVERPOWERING & OVERWHELMING. I am confident that this “sodja” will be begging before 7days are up

      • Mosley

        You think so?

        • Sword of Damocles

          n-o-o, I just wrote it so people like you can reply.Since u put mouth, i have a question: why do some Africans like/support what is unjust & immoral?

          • Saladin Cassandra

            @disqus_LcH5mBqDhx:disqus

            I think there is a road not taken. But it is too late now to suggest any bright idea.

            The mind of Ecowas Leaders is concentrated on war but there may be no victor.

          • Sword of Damocles

            but the biggest looser will be the coconut head crackpot megalomaniac with the swagger stick, who btw is responsible for the mysterious disappearance of hundreds of opposition/dissident figures over a 22 year period

  • Chukwu

    May God Almighty have mercy on the crazy ballheads on this forum whose comments favours Jammeh and his inordinate ambition. They have truly shown themselves to be ardent anti democrats and anti Gambia.

  • Lina

    No doubt the poor and down-trodden citizens of Gambia will bear the brunt of the impending war. Why are African so keen to kill and destroy.
    Why should starting a war be the first and only option. Non of these heads if state making these decision will be there to see
    or feel the impact of the war they are starting. I pray God to move the hearts of those involved so they do not let theircountry be invaded
    by blood thirsty fellow Africans operating under the guise of heads if state.

  • thusspokez

    ECOWAS had indicated its intention to forcefully remove President Yahya Jammeh from office should he decide to remain in power beyond Thursday, January 19,

    The likes of Saddam Hussein, and Muammar Qaddafi Achilles heel was their delusion in infallibility — particularly, with regard to their own self-preservation.

    These leaders had ample time, opportunities and means to escape to a safe country, but they refused to do so; thus, Saddam Hussein was caught hiding in a man-hole, and Muammar Qaddafi found hiding in a drainage pipe. Yahya Jammeh doesn’t want to make similar fatal error of judgement.

    • Mosley

      The situation of Libya and Iraq were different. Libya and Iraq were seen by the US as financiers of global terror. They were not removed over electoral disputes. While Saddam was removed by a coalition of the west, Gadafi was demo ed through an internal insurrection instigated by the west.

      • The oneNigeria

        Instigated by the us? Why are you economical with the truth ? Was the Arab spring a us instigated yet they lost all their stooges ?

      • thusspokez

        The situation of Libya and Iraq were different. Libya and Iraq were seen by the US as financiers of global terror.

        I am sorry but my comment is not about differences between Libya and Iraq, but the psychology and characteristics of despots. You could also add to the aforementioned list, the late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

    • Alex

      You are not informed to compare Gambia case with the wars of imperialism of the West against peaceful and successful countries like Iraq and Libya.ask? Since they invade and destroy these countries what next did they put in place but sorrow and un ending death.

      • thusspokez

        You are not informed

        Yeah, only the Nigerian is well informed and has been to school, of course!

        But before you respond to a comment, make sure that you have understood it properly — something you seem to have failed to do on this occasion.

  • Mosley

    Who are the fighter jets going to bomb, Yayah Jammeh or innocent Gambian citizens? ECOWAS will only collaborate with Senegal to create it dream Sene-Gambia confederation with a Mr Barrow as a stooge.

  • NAME of Suicide bomber Pls???

    NAME of Suicide bomber ???

    Dear EDITOR of Premium Times,

    Nigeria is fast becoming the best place to be a terrorist.

    (1) What is the name and state of origin and address of the so called 12yr old suicide Bomber that struck at Maiduguri (Northern Nigeria) yesterday?

    (2) Are u people (Nigerian Govt & Press) going to sweep the matter under the carpet without telling us where she came from or at least her name?

    Nigeria has become the best country in the world to pursue a career in Islamic terrorism. They (terrorists) go free!
    —Their families go free.
    — Those who aid the attacks by financing and supplying the weapons go free.
    — The children and wives and relatives and parents of these terrorists go free.

    No one is ever investigated. The only people investigated in Nigeria are opposition members accused of stealing money, and not APC party members like ex-Gov Rotimi of Rivers or the Theif of Nigerian Army – General Burutai. What kind of country is this?

  • Foreign News Reel

    MY PEOPLE,

    Update: Breaking News

    “ECOWAS has issued an order for military intervention in The Gambia
    to oust President Yahya Jammeh at the stroke of midnight Thursday when
    his mandate ends. Combat troops from Senegal, Nigeria, Mali, Ghana and other
    West African countries are already stationed at the border to jointly enter the
    country on air and by land in an operation to thwart any hostilities or breach
    of law in the country.

    Gambia’s President-elect will not be inaugurated at the national stadium in Banjul on
    Thursday but at an undisclosed location. The spokesperson of Adama Barrow told
    the media in Banjul on Wednesday evening that the inauguration will be done
    through other means but in The Gambia”.

    ….Africa News

    • K.K.K

      Hahahahaha! It is now 11.12p.m in Banjul, Gambia. That means military invasion will start in another 50 minutes, right? But there are no armoured tanks on the streets of Banjul and Gambian military is not deployed
      to defend the capital city. Do you guys know what that means in military terms? I won’t tell you! Meantime,
      worry your heads over a midnight invasion and ask if Ecowas soldiers have night-vision goggles to see
      at any distance in the dark inside a foreign country. That’s when you’ll begin to see a picture emerging.

      • Obi C.

        K.K.K:

        My brother, I salute you. Kai!!
        You too get sense! Na somebody like you supposed be president, not Buhari wey
        carry war ship go Ghana for fuel, come sail for water to go to Gambia, just to
        enforce presidential election result. Haba! Weytin war ship get to do with
        Gambia presidential election. Do you use artillery pieces to enforce an election
        result? How many civilians will die as a result of that, since naval artillery
        doesn’t know the name of any person to go and meet in Gambia?

        It is past 12 midnight now in Gambia. I think it is 12.14pm there. No
        Ecowas soldier fit enter Gambia, after all the boasting. President Jammeh’s
        term in office expired since 14 minutes ago, but Jammeh is still inside
        presidential villa there in Gambia, eating chicken and salad. Can you see why
        it is good to think before you leap? Ecowas was making mouth in Dakar that
        midnight on the dot they will enter Gambia and capture Jammeh. Why did they not
        dot enter since midnight passed since? Even Jammeh did not send a single
        Gambian soldier to the street O! Fear don catch Ecowas. Ignorance is a disease!

  • M.S Takoradi

    WILL FOREIGN HEADS OF STATE – INCLUDING MUHAMADU BUHARI – ATTEND ADAMA BARROW’S
    SWEARING-IN AS PRESIDENT TOMORROW ON GAMBIAN SOIL? IF NOT BARROW’S INAUGURATION
    TOMORROW ON GAMBIAN SOIL HAS NO MEANING AND COULD BE IGNORED AS CHILDISH TANTRUM.

    • Furaku

      @disqus_uP68jp3KoD:disqus

      Let’s call a spade a spade. There was no thinking at all by Ecowas Leaders on this matter.
      This small Gambian crisis shows why West Africa is the worst-ruled region in this whole world.
      No sense; no leaders, no Wasc/Gce certificate, no thinking, no gumption, no planning, nothing!!

  • El Patron

    Can we afford to fight war in another country when we are in a recession? I think not

    • Obi C.

      @disqus_uP68jp3KoD:disqus

      It is past 12 midnight now in Gambia. I think it is 12.14pm there. No
      Ecowas soldier fit enter Gambia, after all the boasting. President Jammeh’s
      term in office expired since 14 minutes ago, but Jammeh is still inside
      presidential villa there in Gambia, eating chicken and salad.

      Can you see why
      it is good to think before you leap? Ecowas was making mouth in Dakar that
      midnight on the dot they will enter Gambia and capture Jammeh. Why did they not
      on the dot enter since midnight passed, since? Even Jammeh did not send a single
      Gambian soldier to the street O! Fear don catch Ecowas. Ignorance is a disease!

    • Humpty Grundy

      @disqus_uP68jp3KoD:disqus

      That is a good point. Nigeria is not in a position to fight a foreign war at this time.
      It is not even a just war being planned in Gambia. It is a daft war bereft of principles.
      How can foreign war be the consequence of a free and fair election in The Gambia?

      The Gambians never killed themselves or fought on the streets, why invade Gambia?
      The Gambians are merely resolving their election dispute through civilized way in a court.
      What is the problem with that to make Buhari send jets and war ship to invade Gambia?

      • Shorty & Sharpy

        MUHAMADU BUHARI IS A LET-DOWN BEFORE GOD AND MAN; A DISGRACE TO THE BLACK RACE;

        A CANCEROUS EXCRESCENCE ON THE BODY POLITY – A GENOCIDAL ASSAULT ON CIVILIZATION.

    • Ha

      Yes we can.

  • Paul Irumundomon

    They should not spare him, he should go down like Gaddafi and sadam.

    • Repost by Popular Demand

      @paul_irumundomon:disqus

      Why GAMBIA became a military crisis

      President Yahaya Jameh of The Gambia refused any offer of
      asylum, especially from Nigeria, following Olusegun Obasanjo’s crass,
      uninformed, uneducated and village-level understanding of diplomacy.

      Now reports say
      Nigerians are being laughed off in several diplomatic circles Africa as
      ignorant people usually led by a slew of ignoramuses self-described as
      “statesmen”. The current crisis in The Gambia is being openly ascribed to
      the ignorant leadership of OLUSEGUN OBASANJO of Nigeria who’d set terrible
      precedent of offering asylum under international law (which legal provisions
      Obasanjo himself does not even understand)
      to the ex-President of Liberia,
      Charles Taylor, only for Olusegun Obasanjo to later set Charles Taylor up for
      arrest and extradition to the International Criminal Court. That was the lowest
      point of disgrace for Nigeria in the history of international affairs.

      • Repost by Popular Demand

        ………(2) Why GAMBIA became a military crisis

        General Olusegun Obasanjo, as President of Nigeria, totally messed up the meaning of diplomacy
        by putting the asylee (Charles Taylor) in a security car in Calabar, Cross Rivers state; drove him
        a distance of 1,286 kilometers by road to the borders of Nigeria in the town of Gamboru-Ngala
        in far north-east state of Borno, and told him to escape from there on foot, only for the same
        Nigerian officials to suddenly turn round and arrested Charles Taylor on false charges
        of his “trying to escape”.

        The Nigerian security officials put Charles Taylor under close arrest; virtually shackled him and flew him,
        like a prisoner, to the International Criminal Court, via Liberia. That was the moment Nigeria fell into
        complete and utter disgrace in international circles as a result of Olusegun Obasanjo’s ignorant
        misrule. And now, for fear of another Nigerian leader following Olusegun Obasanjo’s illiterate understanding of diplomacy, the Gambian president chose to dig in and fight it out.

        • ??????questo

          DID GENERAL OBASANJO EVER INTRODUCE HIMSELF TO YOU AS A DEEP THINKER?

          • Wolexit 2017

            Hahahahaha! But Obasanjo declared himself as Statesman now. Is statesman not supposed
            to have brains? It is not asking too much that a self-described statesman should answer his adopted
            name and tell us where in history a country ever arrested a sitting head of state granted asylum in
            writing under a treaty and bundled that sitting head of state into a plane with handcuffs before.

          • Bright

            I am amazed. It worries me so much that average Nigerians do not have respect for your leaders (past and present). They also do not speak well of their country. An American is ready to die to save that name – America. You do not know your value until you loose it. Shame.

    • Dona

      @paul_irumundomon:disqus My friend living in Banjul phoned me that the gates of the presidential villa
      in Gambia are wide open. No soldier is there guarding anything. No tanks, no police dogs, nothing.
      Why is Ecowas afraid to go into Gambia as promised at 12 midnight Gambia’s time?
      There are no Gambian soldiers on the streets. Not a single soldier, he said to me.
      Why is President Buhari afraid to go and capture President Yahya Jammeh now?
      Ecowas said immediately Jammeh’s tenure expired at midnight he’ll be arrested.
      It is now 1.04am in Banjul, Gambia and no Nigerian or Ecowas soldier in sight.
      What should I tell my friend to make Nigeria look good? What can I say now?

      • Mikky Mouse

        IF WHAT YOU ARE TELLING US S THE SITUATION INSIDE GAMBIA TONIGHT,

        ECOWAS SHOULD THINK TWICE BEFORE ENTERING AN UNDEFENDED CITY.

        • Kola O. Awofolaju

          Who told you Banjul is an undefended city? Just because you don’t see soldiers on the roads
          means it is an undefended city? If it is an undefended city let foreign invaders enter now, abi?
          That is when you will know if Banjul is defended or not. Look, my friend, the hardest war is
          a war inside another country for the political purpose of taking over that country. You hear?
          All the forces of pride and nationalism will just rise with extreme anger. Ask the Americans!!

      • paul irumundomon

        Tell your friends, it took UN more than a month, to fly the first air craft in Iraq and more than that into tripoli.

        • Dona

          @paul_irumundomon:disqus

          “Our troops are on alert. The ultimatum takes effect at midnight,” when Jammeh’s mandate
          is due to expire, Senegal army spokesman Colonel Abdou Ndiaye told AFP ahead of the
          midnight deadline. “We are ready and are awaiting the deadline at midnight. If no political
          solution is found, we will step in,” the army Colonel said “.

        • ShokareOvuokeSheriff

          Did un state with certainty wen to enter iraq? Africa too show body

    • No-Comment

      “Our troops are on alert. The ultimatum takes effect at midnight,” when Jammeh’s mandate

      is due to expire, Senegal army spokesman Colonel Abdou Ndiaye told AFP ahead of the

      midnight deadline. “We are ready and are awaiting the deadline at midnight. If no political

      solution is found, we will step in,” the army Colonel said “.

  • Uche Chukwu

    Contrast the urbane, mannered, and professional style of this Air Force spokesman to the chap who speaks for the army….Wow….what a gulf!

  • a.akins.wuyi

    EDITOR SIR,

    Why is Premium Times not reporting the invasion of Gambia? It must have started three hours ago?
    I want to know the result so far? How many Gambian troops have been killed? How many captured?
    Did Nigerian soldiers perform very well? Have Nigerian soldiers entered inside Jammeh’s bedroom?
    Ecowas told us that at midnight they will move troops straight into Gambia. It is now 3.12am in Gambia.

    • I dey laugh

      ….I think Premium Times Editors are just laughing at Buhari’s blunder……
      …….on this simple Gambia matter…..that Buhari carried it on his head as if……..
      ………………..a normal Supreme Court election petition is so dangerous………..
      ……….it is equivalent to a crime against humanity to warrant war ships……

      • John

        Shut up illiterate morron

  • Iskacountryman

    but jammeh is a good muslim…

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