Senegalese troops enter Gambia to remove Jammeh

Senegalese troops have entered The Gambia to force out the country’s defiant former President Yahya Jammeh.

The development came hours after Adama Barrow, a property developer who won the country’s presidential election in December, was sworn in at a Gambian embassy in Dakar, the capital of Senegal.

Mr. Jammeh refused to quit despite calls from ECOWAS and the African Union for him to do so. The United Nations also supported calls for Mr. Jammeh to quit and backed Mr. Barrow’s presidency effective Thursday, January 19, 2017.

The recognition of Mr. Barrow as the president of The Gambia marked the end of Mr. Jammeh’s 22-year reign in the West African country.

He secured an emergency approval from the country’s parliament for his tenure to be extended for another 90 days, but the resolution was frowned upon by the international community.

Senegalese media quoted the country’s military chief as saying that their troops have entered The Gambia to take out Mr. Jammeh and install Mr. Barrow.

“The Senegalese soldiers entered The Gambia on Thursday afternoon,” Abdou Ndiaye, the spokesman for the Senegalese Army was quoted by local media in Dakar as saying, according to the BBC.

The Nigerian military also confirmed on Thursday that its “armed reconnaissance air force are over Gambia.”

“They have the capacity to strike,” Nigerian Air Force spokesman Ayodele Famuyiwa told the French newswire, AFP.

Gambian military officials have reportedly said they will not resist any foreign incursion into the country to remove Mr. Jammeh, saying the impasse is a political matter that they will not intervene in.

Mr. Barrow had warned in his inauguration speech that anyone “found illegally holding arms will be considered as a rebel.”

Senegalese troops have entered The Gambia to force out the country’s defiant former President Yahya Jammeh.

The development came hours after Adama Barrow, a property developer who won the country’s presidential election in December, was sworn in at a Gambian embassy in Dakar, the capital of Senegal.

Mr. Jammeh refused to quit despite calls from ECOWAS and the African Union for him to do so. The United Nations also supported calls for Mr. Jammeh to quit and backed Mr. Barrow’s presidency effective Thursday, January 19, 2017.

The recognition of Mr. Barrow as the president of The Gambia marked the end of Mr. Jammeh’s 22-year reign in the West African country.

He secured an emergency approval from the country’s parliament for his tenure to be extended for another 90 days, but the resolution was frowned upon by the international community.

Senegalese media quoted the country’s military chief as saying that their troops have entered The Gambia to take out Mr. Jammeh and install Mr. Barrow.

“The Senegalese soldiers entered The Gambia on Thursday afternoon,” Abdou Ndiaye, the spokesman for the Senegalese Army was quoted by local media in Dakar as saying, according to the BBC.

The Nigerian military also confirmed on Thursday that its “armed reconnaissance air force are over Gambia.”

“They have the capacity to strike,” Nigerian Air Force spokesman Ayodele Famuyiwa told the French newswire, AFP.

Gambian military officials have reportedly said they will not resist any foreign incursion into the country to remove Mr. Jammeh, saying the impasse is a political matter that they will not intervene in.

Mr. Barrow had warned in his inauguration speech that anyone “found illegally holding arms will be considered as a rebel.”


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  • CeeCee1818

    Please soldiers, somebody, take some live pictures of him being removed and post them so all dictators in Africa can see what’s coming to them sooner or later.

    • Sword of Damocles

      u wan kill me with laughter,LOL

      • aisha ani

        ditto!

    • Burning Spear

      mumu did u respect the sacrifice made by Jonathan in your own country–and show me one president that bingo buhari congratulated-from Obj to Jonathan——GAMBIA IS NOT EVEN UP TO LAOS STATE–that is where the Fulani troops selected want to install another Fulani president–is the money for Gambia going to come from groundnut pyramids or the oil revenue from the niger delta again?

      • Osakue

        Igboman

    • Osakue

      Thank you

  • ukoette ibekwe

    If and when the newly sworn-in president resumes duty in the Gambia, how is going to work with a national Assembly that invalidated his presidency by extending the life of jammeh’s government.
    African people continue to ridicule themselves.
    I would encourage the new president to call for new elections to the national Assembly because I don’t see how he can work effectively with the assembly that sabotaged his presidency.

    • TTT news centre

      “Let me make very clear, we are ready to defend this country against any aggression. If Ecowas did
      not back down the impasse will continue with the risk of escalation into a military confrontation. What
      we are simply and rightfully asking for is to return to the polls and allow the Gambians to elect who they
      want to be their president in a free and fair election. What is clearly incontrovertible is the decision of
      ECOWAS to implement the results of the December 1st 2016 election by whatever means possible.

      It is totally illegal as it violates the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of member states,
      which is an entrenched clause in the Ecowas treaty. It is in effect a declaration of war and an insult to
      our Constitution. It is therefore absolutely unacceptable. This blatant, partial and one-dimensional approach
      clearly indicates that the role of Ecowas is not predicated on the pursuit of justice in the resolution of this stalemate”.

      ……………President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia

      (January 1st, 2017)

      • Osakue

        This one Na Amebo news center. ANC

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