Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has been fully briefed on the nature of reported external threats to his life and to the country, a senior official said.
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the nature of the threat “was fully explained” to Mr. Barrow and a tight circle of trusted security chiefs before the leaking.
Gambia’s army chief, Lt. Gen. Masanneh Kinteh felt an “obligation” to inform President Barrow of the “unsubstantiated” claims of 300 Jammeh loyalists plotting to attack the country last month.
According to the dossier, the Jammeh forces stationed in Mauritania, Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau have been meeting with military generals that fled with the ex-dictator to Equatorial Guinea.
A trusted group of security officials are working with Senegalese and West African intelligence agencies to look into the claims in the brief.
Barrow received additional intel while attending the African Union summit in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.
He returned to The Gambia on Tuesday waving at curious bystanders and supporters in an apparent show of defiance and power.
Barrow defeated Jammeh in the polls last year and took over the country after months of political turmoil.
Jammeh first accepted defeat then made a political fumble a week later refusing to cede power.
West African troops, mainly from neighboring Senegal and Nigeria were deployed to send Jammeh packing to Equatorial Guinea, where he has been given a safe haven by his Potomac neighbor, Theodore Obiang.