Reports circulating around the world that ECOWAS forces have been posted at vantage points in Gambia are all false, local journalist Modou Lamin has said.
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According to the Gambian journalist, pictures and stories about troops being deployed into the country by ECOWAS are fabricated.
Speaking to on Joy FM’s Midday News, Lamin said “there is no military presence in Gambia. Those pictures are edited ones.”
He added that any move to deploy combatants into the country will have to go through the newly elected Adama Barrow.
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Sitting President Yahya Jammeh lost in last year’s elections to opposition leader Adama Barrow. However, Jammeh refused to step down, after initially conceding defeat in the polls.
This prompted ECOWAS to step into the matter. The West African organization initially sent a delegation led by Nigeria president, Mahamadu Buari and former Ghana president John Mahama to hold talks with the Gambian president.
Talks between the ECOWAS delegation and president Jammeh has so far not yielded any fruitful results.
Adama Barrow is, however, scheduled to be sworn-in a Gambian president later on Thursday. The inauguration will take place at the Gambian embassy in Senegal.