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Nigerian troops leaving for Gambia on Wednesday (Photo: Channels TV)

By Andah John

Troops of the Nigerian Air Force on Wednesday departed for The Gambia, ahead of Thursday’s supposed inauguration of the President-elect, Adama Barrow.

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Earlier on Wednesday, Gambian parliament extended president Yahya Jammeh’s remaining days in office by 90 days.

And the deployment is aimed at ensuring that the country’s president hands over power to the winner of the December 1 presidential election.

West African bloc, ECOWAS, had warned Jammeh that it would explore all options to ensure he leaves power.

Jammeh’s defiance

The regional body decided to engage its military might after mediating team led by Nigerian leader, Muhammadu Buhari, could not convince President Jammeh to relinquish power.

Jammeh had earlier said he would accept the result of the election but changed his mind few days later, insisting that another election should be held.

He had filed a suit but the judiciary of the country refused to give its ruling in the case.

Troops briefed

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal, Sadiq Abubakar, told the contingent before their departure from the Air Force Unit to be of good behaviour, observe safety and precautionary measures as they carry out their operations.

He gave the assurance that all that the troops needed would be provided.

“I want to leave nobody in doubt that you are professionals. I want you to also leave nobody in doubt that you are a highly disciplined force.

“Your mission is very clear. Your commander is with you. What we want is for you to get there, do you work professionally and conduct yourselves as disciplined force”.