Gambia’s President Adama Barrow give an order to West African troops to enter the Gambia and seize former President Yahya Jammeh.
Barrow had asked for international support Thursday shortly after his swearing-in giving ECOMOG troops the authority to invade the West African nation.
Barrow has given orders to security chiefs and Gambian soldiers to take down their fighting positions and return to the barracks. He has warned that those found armed without his orders will be dealt with as rebels.
Gambia’s military chief had said he will not involve his men in a “stupid fight.”
Over a thousand troops were on standby at the Gambian border on the Senegalese side waiting for a ‘go’ from Mr. Barrow.
Senegal’s army had said on Wednesday it would be ready to cross into its smaller neighbor, which it surrounds, from midnight.
A military operation is under way with troops also from Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Mali – they are all at the Senegalese border with Gambia and presenting a united front, according to Aljazeera.
Former President Jammeh declared a state of emergency saying there was hostile foreign interference in the Gambia’s internal crisis.
The government of Botswana said that Jammeh’s refusal to step aside “undermines the ongoing efforts to consolidate democracy and good governance.”
Eyewitnesses near the Gambia’s capital reported seeing Nigerian fighter jets flying over.