African Troops on Stanby as Jammeh Refuses To Step Down

The tension in Gambia has risen as Wednesday midnight deadline given to President Jammeh to step down has expired and Jammeh has refused to obliged. This is following a last minute attempt by the Mauritanian President to persuade the Gambian President to stand down after more two decades in power has failed.

It is reported that over 26,000 Gambians are seen leaving Gambia for the fear of military action for which Jammeh has been threatened with by a Coalition of African Heads of State that enjoys the support of US military action if Jammeh fails to obey the last order.

Troops from Senegal, Nigeria and Ghana have remained in position as deadline has elapsed.

Eyewitness reported the presence of heavily armed soldiers at the Senegalese border town of Karang late Wednesday, while the Nigerian Airforce deployed air fighter jets and troops in Senegal ahead of a likely military intervention in Gambia, where the post-election crisis was escalating.

Regional bloc ECOWAS promised to send troops to ensure a peaceful transition of power after it failed in repeated attempts to convince Jammeh to cede power.

Halifa Sallah, a spokesperson of the president-elect Barrow, said that if Jammeh refused to step down by midnight, that the thursday inaugration will take place at Gambian Embassy in Dakar due to the military intervention in Gambia.

Nigeria moved 200 troops, jet fighters, transports aircrafts, helicopters and other air assets to Dakar, and planned to move them from there to Gambia should Jammeh continue to remain in power.

The deployment was to forestall hostilities or breakdown of law that may result from the political impasse in Gambia. The Nigerian Airforce futher stated that its deployment was keeping with the West African Bloc’s pledge to enforce election mandate.

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