In a recently released statement, Nigerian military has denied earlier report that Nigerian army is set to oust Gambia’s Jammeh.
The initial report says that in the occasion where Gambia’s Jammeh fails to relinquish power before January 19, that Nigeria has set aside a battalion to oust him.
In the exclusive Premium Times report, it was gathered that the battalion, ECOMOG NIBATT 1, was drawn from the Army’s 19th Battalion based in Okitipupa, Ondo State.
It also said that the regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), had already put military forces on standby since December 23 .
“This newspaper learnt that the Army Headquarters has instructed the nominated officers and men, put at over 800, to immediately report at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji, for a crashed course on counter terrorism and counter insurgency.”
“Our sources said Army Headquarters has also instructed the Army directorates of policy and plans; finance; and logistics to ready funds, arms, ammunition and other logistics for the operation.”
The military sources suggested that the Nigerian Air Force and the Navy might deploy both men and equipment for the Gambian mission.
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Countering the above, a statement was released by Nigerian Military:
“For the avoidance of doubt, Nigerian Army is not planning to attack any country. The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a publication by Premium Times online news medium titled ‘EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria raises troops for Gambia, ready to remove Yahya Jammeh”.
“This is not true. Consequently, Nigerian Army wishes to disassociate itself from such false information that exists only in the figment of the imagination of the medium.”
“It should be noted that such reckless and unprofessional conduct is not expected of any reputable and responsible news medium as it is inimical to national security,”- Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, the Director, Army Public Relations.
Recall that delegates from ECOWAS, AU and UN had gone to Gambia to make the insistent president see reasons, but to no avail.
As of today, President Muhammadu Buhari and other West African presidents have traveled to Gambia to once again persuade Jammeh to step down.
Jammeh has refused to step down until the Supreme Court rules on his party’s petition.