Nigeria Sending '200 Troops For Gambia Force'

The Gambia is estimated to have about 900 troops - AFP
Nigeria has confirmed that a warship is heading towards The Gambia as a "training" exercise as regional countries prepared for a possible military intervention, the Associated Press new agency reports.

President-elect Adama Barrow, currently in Senegal, is due to be sworn in tomorrow, but President Yahya Jammeh wants the results of last month’s election annulled and is refusing to go (see earlier reports).

Yesterday Reuters reported that West African countries were preparing a joint force to intervene militarily if Mr Jammeh does not go – quoting Nigerian military sources.

Now AP is quoting Nigerian navy spokesman Capt Dahun Jahun as saying that his country's air force was contributing 200 supporting troops for the standby force for The Gambia.

He said 11 pilots, 11 crew members and 80 “supporting troops”' had already been deployed. 

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