Jammeh Declares State of Emergency As Nigeria’s Warship Arrives Gambia

By Ikenga Chronicles January 18, 2017

The Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has declared a 90-day state of emergency a day before his official mandate ends. He listed  “extraordinary” foreign interference in his country’s affairs and December’s election as reasons.

The move comes after Nigeria deployed a warship to put further pressure on Jammeh to step down.

In his televised announcement, Jammeh said “any acts of disobedience to the laws of The Gambia, incitement of violence and acts intended to disturb public order and peace” are banned under the state of emergency.

He said security forces were instructed to “maintain absolute peace, law and order”

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This latest development comes as regional forces prepare to remove the veteran leader unless he accepts defeat and steps down by Thursday, 19th of January.

Jammeh, who came to power through a coup since 1994, is said to have become isolated at home and abroad after he refused to concede defeat at the December 1 election to opposition leader Adama Barrow.

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A source said, “The chiefs of Defense staff of West African countries met on Monday to discuss strategies on the best way to get Yahya Jammeh out if he refuses to hand over power.”

“Some West African countries will be contributing troops, including Nigeria, for the operation,” said the source, who also added that the United Nations and African Union had offered support to regional body ECOWAS for the plan.

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