Nigeria army Prepares 800 troops for Gambia if….

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A Nigerian army memo orders officers to prepare a battalion of 800 troops for a possible military intervention in Gambia.

Yahya Jammeh. (File: AFP)
Yahya Jammeh

The
Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has said it has a
standby military force ready to enter Gambia if President Yahya Jammeh
does not cede power when his mandate expires next Thursday.


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Jammeh is challenging the results of the December 1 election that he lost.

The
memo dated Wednesday and seen by The Associated Press is signed by
Nigeria’s chief of army staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and describes the
force as Ecomig, or Ecowas Mission in Gambia.

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Army spokesperson Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman denies Nigeria’s military is readying such a force.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is leading a delegation now in Gambia to persuade Jammeh to step down.

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