Regional troops in mainland Africa’s smallest nation, The Gambia have seized all weapons in the private residence of the former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, in Kanilai, close to the border with Senegal.
“We are now controlling the ammunitions and the weapons….. All the ammunitions and weapons are all under ECOWAS custody,” said Major General Francois Ndiaye, a Senegalese military general leading the regional force.
So nothing will happen there. Everything is under control.”
Jammeh was forced to flee the country after the regional troops entered the country to flush him out of power and uphold the results of the elections in which he lost to businessman Adama Barrow.
Troops stationed in Kanilai will be withdrawn, said Ndiaye, since the Kanilai residence is private.
Jammeh’s extended family members are said to be at the village mansion.
At least five Gambian soldiers, including a military general, Bora Colley have been arrested by the Ecomig force. The names of the remaining four soldiers, from the elite presidential guard unit have not been released.
A screening has been started to vet all soldiers within the Gambian army as part of reform efforts initiated by President Adama Barrow.
At least 4,000 troops are currently in The Gambia and working with local security forces to restore normalcy. It has been announced on Monday that they will reduce the size of the force.