*Okoi Obono-Obla commends swearing-in arrangements
*Where is Yahya Jammeh?
Gambians jubilate the eventual swearing-in ceremony of their new President but deserted the streets o th capital, Banjul, capital of The Gambia, on Thursday as tension mounts on what will become of President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to handover power even after the expiration of the deadline set by the Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS).
Build-up to Thursday was expected to be bloody but the former President, who has disappeared from the radar in the last 24 hours offered no resistance.
Senegalese troops, supported by the Nigerian military, remain stationed at the Gambian border, awaiting orders from the ECOWAS commission.
Last-ditch efforts by the sub-regional body to convince Jammeh to step down as president failed Wednesday night. The Mauritanian leader did the last minute diplomatese.
Reports emanating from the tiny West African country have it that most streets are deserted and there’s very little traffic on the main roads. Shops, gas stations and banks are all reportedly closed, as people are mostly staying home not knowing what may happen next.
Citizens of the country had wanted the West African troops to come in as soon as possible. Some also were worried about what Jammeh might try to do to resist any offensive against him.”
A local journalist added that so far, “we’ve seen little presence of security forces in the city.”
In the meantime, European tourists continue to evacuate their hotels and are being shuttled to the airport to board charter flights that will take them home earlier than they had planned.
Meanwhile, in a statement sent to www.gongnews.net human rights lawyer and anti-corruption crusader, Chief Okoi Obono-obla who is President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Assistant on Prosecution opined that, “Adama Barrow is now President of the Republic of Gambia.
“Adama Barrow was sworn into office at the embassy of the Republic of Gambia in Dakar, Senegal. With the swearing of Adama Barrow, Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jammeh ceases to be President after 22 years in power.
“The swearing in of Adama Barrow as the President of the Republic of Gambia in the Embassy of the Republic of Gambia in Dakar Senegal is brilliant and ingenious. Under International Law the embassy of a Foreign nation in another country is considered territory of that foreign nation.
“It follows that the Embassy of the Republic of Gambia in Dakar Senegal is considered part of the Republic of the Gambia. That is, anybody in the embassy of a foreign nation in another country cannot be arrested or charged to a court in that country. This is also why foreign envoys working in another country enjoy immunity. The embassy of a foreign nation in another enjoys diplomatic immunity. If the embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany enters into a contract with a Nigerian and it breach that contract, the Nigerian cannot sue the Federal Republic of Germany in a Nigerian Court.