Gambia’s president downplays threats to his life

Gambia’s president downplays threats to his life

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow is brushing aside threats to his life although security has been heightened in the Greater Banjul Area.

Barrow, 52, took power in the country after West African forces were deployed to force Jammeh to step aside.

“My security is in tact and the army and foreign forces are doing a great job. Everything is fine and I am safe,” said Barrow.

He was holed up in neighboring Senegal for two months, where he was sworn-in at The Gambian Embassy in Dakar over fears for his safety.

Gambia’s Minister of Interior Mai Ahmad Fatty had also downplayed the reports of external threats to the country and that of the president.

He told Parliament that there are no threats and no one was planning to attack the country, warning that those who try it will find it regrettable.

At least four soldiers were arrested and several others have gone into hiding this month following allegations of mutiny and attempting to assassinate an unnamed senior government official.

Although Barrow is not being guarded by the Gambia’s military, he reiterated his confidence that they are loyal to him as Commander-In-Chief.

Barrow said the country is facing some challenges and will continue to do so but has promised to implement sweeping military reforms.

The army said it is vacuuming out Jammeh’s loyalist and is in the process of vetting all of its personnel.

The presidential guard unit has been disbanded and the police with West African troops mostly from Senegal are now securing the president.

Some 300 Gambian soldiers loyal to Jammeh are reportedly hiding in Mauritania, Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau and plotting with remaining loyalists in senior positions to destabilize the country.

Barrow arrived in Banjul from Addis Ababa following the leaking of the brief containing the intelligence and in defiance rolled down his window and waved to supporters on his ride back to the State House.

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