Stella Dimoko Nigerian And Senegalese Troops Set To Storm Gambia


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Nigerian And Senegalese Troops Set To Storm Gambia

The Nigerian Air Force is moving a contingent of 200 men and air assets to Dakar, Senegal, which is the base of the Economic Community of West African States Military Intervention (ECOMIG) to force President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia out of power:......

This is just as the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, warned the troops on Wednesday to maintain discipline in the operations in The Gambia and to be worthy ambassadors of Nigeria.

The Nigerian troops, which left from the 117 Air Combat Training Group camp in Kainji, Niger State, on Wednesday, will join troops from Senegal, Ghana and other countries in the West African sub-region.

The ECOMIG troops are to ensure that Jammeh hands over power to his successor, Adama Barrow, on Thursday (today).

It was gathered that the Nigerian air assets, deployed in Dakar for Jammeh’s removal, included fighter jets, transport aircraft, and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft.

The head of the Nigerian contingent is Air Commodore Tajudeen Yusuf.

Speaking with the troops before they left their base, Air Marshal Abubakar, said, “No act of indiscipline by the contingent will be tolerated. I therefore urge you to maintain discipline and be professional in your conduct. You must be reminded to be good ambassadors of Nigeria.”

Other air assets deployed included transport aircraft and the Light Utility Helicopter.

Also, Senegalese troops have moved to the Gambian border in readiness to force Jammeh to leave office.

Senegal reportedly gave Jammeh till midnight to quit or risk being ousted through military prowess.

Wednesday was meant to be Jammeh’s last day in office but parliament had granted him three more months in the post, thereby stopping Barrow from being sworn in on Thursday (today).

Jammeh had declared a 90-day state of emergency, saying “any acts of disobedience to the laws of The Gambia, incitement of violence and acts intended to disturb public order and peace” were banned.

BBC reported that thousands of United Kingdom and Dutch tourists were being evacuated from The Gambia for fear of an imminent crisis.

Jammeh, who lost in the December 1, 2016 election, had initially accepted defeat. He, however, later made a U-turn, rejecting the outcome of the poll.

Despite international pressures to hand over power, Jammeh had on Tuesday, declared a 90-day state of emergency 24 hours to the end of his tenure.

He warned security forces against violating the order or engaging in acts likely to cause a breach of the peace, and denounced “foreign interference in The Gambia’s election.”

The handing over of power is supposed to hold today, Thursday.

West African countries are seeking United Nations backing to intervene militarily to eject Jammeh, who has ruled the country for 22 years.

ECOWAS has mandated Senegal to spearhead military intervention, but only as a last resort and with the backing of the UN Security Council.

from Punch

*I hope this does not result into war.


  1. Issorait
    We are watching attentively

  2. This is what happens when you think you are too big to follow the rules.look at his hardened face,i am proud to say i am an African today.Say NO to political thugs and armed robbers!22yrs was not enough for him to steal all he wanted.

  3. Ghen ghen. Coup d'etat. I knew this would happen. Jammeh respect yourself na.

    1. Mumu u won't tell Buhari to sort his own country. Immediately after the curfew in Kaduna, there was another attack. Gerra away claiming to know all

    2. Oh la la.. what an idiot you are anonymous 11:58. The mumu in your household did a bad job bringing u up.

      OK bye

  4. Stella baby don't mind the so called troops. Mission impossible.

  5. Busy body Nigeria govt.
    Your house is on fire ,southern Kaduna was attacked again after the curfew was lifted yesterday and buhari is busy sending troops to Gambia.
    Yeye dey smell.

  6. Nigeria ke????? Buhari should keep the military back pls! Has boko haram been defeated? Why not dialogue further to prevent war! Don't like war cos most times women and children are raped and killed!

  7. Very good for power drunk Jammeh, Force him out.But wait o.Nigeria is going to cure other countries catarrh when it's own citizens re suffering from wa o

  8. I really don't understand why the media would continue to cause unnecessary panic over this situation.
    The electoral body in Gambia should have never opened their mouth the second time saying it was a marginal loss.
    God help them all.

  9. Hopefully, the handing over of power from the previous government to the people's choice in the Gambia will be peaceful.

    Hope he thinks through of the consequences and, is wise enough to successful hand over to his successor.

    If he truly is a Gambian, he would detest any form of uproar against the very people he claims...

    Hope the army won't conform to his myrmidon ways today.

    Africa must be serene and peaceful!

  10. It is hypocritical of the president of Nigeria to send troops to Gambia in anticipation of violence while he has done nothing about the killings in southern Kaduna. It is like watching your house gutted with fire and do nothing but send fire fighter to your neighbour anticipating that his car could catch fire from the match stick he is about to strike in his car.


    1. Like seriously have never seen a shameless & senseless govt like that of nomadic Fulani herdsmen buhari & his set of incompetent cabinet.sensless old men. In power

  11. I don't think this situation calls for force eviction for now, considering that the matter is before the Gambia supreme Court at least if the court decides in May that Jammeh lost and he still refuses to vacate then there can be use of force besides their house of Senate just extended his stay by 3months... PMB should focus on Nigeria issues and leave Gambia alone, they are a sovereign state and can decide for themselves...

  12. Buhari too like fight

  13. Adama Barrow should be sworn in at the Gambian Embassy in Senegal(since it is recognized as Gambian soil). this way, the constitutional requirement that a president be sworn in today would have been fulfilled. then as his first official assignment, he will officially request for ECOWAS and AU's assistance in throwing out Jammeh who is violating the country's constitution. The forces can then move in to Gambia without breaking international sovereignty laws. May we not lost any innocent soul.

  14. Nigeria drinking paracetamol for another mans headache

  15. Jammeh seems to be a very poor student of history.


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