Gambia: Nigerian Air Force deploys troops
Nigerian Air Force (NAF), has confirmed the deployment of troops to force President Yahya Jammeh out of power.
A statement by the NAF’s spokesman, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, said the troops will be part of the Economic Community of West African States Military Intervention in Gambia (ECOMIG).
The sub-regional contingent is expected to force Jammeh, whose tenure as President expires Thursday, out of power.
The statement disclosed that a contingent of 200 men and air assets such as fighter jets and light utility helicopters, have been moved to Dakar, the Senegalese capital, where it will operate from.
According to the statement: “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 1st December, 2016 election mandate in 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 The 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.”
While addressing the contingent, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, “urged the troops to maintain discipline and be professional in their conduct.”