President Adama Barrow has returned to the tiny silver of a country, The Gambia, where reports are rife that there are threats to his personal safety.
Barrow was attending his first meeting with African leaders when an intelligence report leaked to the press signaled external attacks on the country.
At least 300 Gambian soldiers that deserted the army following Yahya Jammeh’s ouster have been secretly meeting with high-ranking military officers loyal to Jammeh.
They are suspected of planning a plot that will destabilize the country, according to the report.
Wearing a traditional white gown, President Barrow defied the threats and was seen waving from his convoy to a cheering crowd of curious bystanders and supporters.
They chant the new leaders last name and pumped their hands in a fist in the air, a sign of strong support for his regime.
West African troops, from the ECOMIG mission, guard his convoy as it speeds off to the temporal presidential residence, Fajara, six miles outside the capital, Banjul.
Barrow’s safety has been a concern since Jammeh’s defeat in December leading to his holding in neighboring Senegal during the impasse.
Alarms were raised after it emerged at a spy for Jammeh had infiltrated Barrow’s security detail and became his personal bodyguard.
Jammeh has his loyalists embedded in the security service, most notably the intelligence and military services, filled with militiamen called the Green Boys.
West African forces, mostly from neighboring Senegal and Nigeria will continue to in charge of Gambia’s security, and that of Barrow until next summer.
Their mandate was expanded and widened by Barrow following a deadly clash between Jammeh’s supporters and security forces in the opposition stronghold of Foni.