The Chief of the Gendarmerie of Senegal, Gen. Meissa Niang will be in Banjul Tuesday, visiting West African troops and pledging to ensure full stabilization of Gambia’s security.
Niang will also be meeting with Army Chief Lt. Gen. Masanneh Kinteh and Minister of Interior Mai Ahmad Fatty, according to sources.
Gen. Niang’s visit to Banjul followed meetings by Senegal’s military chief, Gen. Cheikh Gueye with the army chiefs of Mauritania and Gambia amid concerns that loyalists of ex-President Yahya Jammeh were plotting to attack the country.
Mr. Niang will be holding a press conference after his rounds of meetings with Gambian authorities.
Senegalese soldiers form a majority of the West African troops that help push Jammeh out of Banjul.
They were part of the forces that clashed with opposition protesters in the opposition stronghold of Foni, leaving one person dead and several people injured.
Gambia’s President Adama Barrow expressed his gratitude toward the regional economic bloc, ECOWAS for its military intervention that brought him to power.
Jammeh’s ouster was also critical to finding lasting peace in southern Senegal region of Casamance, where Jammeh has been implicated in financing separatist fighters.