Monday, January 16, 2017

Jammeh's Ejection: ECOWAS Army Chiefs Prepare for Possible Invasion of Gambia

Army chiefs of ECOWAS countries have met to discuss a possible military invasion of The Gambia to eject President Yahaya Jammeh.

According to a report from The Nation, Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, on Saturday hosted colleagues from other West African countries as Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) steps up preparation for a possible military action in the Gambia.

Those at the meeting include Chairperson of ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff, Brig Gen. Daniel Ziankahn (Liberia); CH Gueye of Senegal; ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Hajiya Salamatu; Vice President of the Commission; the Ghanaian Chief of Defence Staff and principal staff officers from Defence, Army, Navy, and Air Force headquarters.

The United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) said ECOWAS had decided to take all necessary actions to enforce the results of the Dec. 1, 2016 presidential election .

Two missions to Banjul, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, had failed to convince Jammeh to respect the election outcome which ousted him.

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