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ECOWAS chiefs of Defence Staff meet on Gambian political impasse

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West African military chiefs on Saturday met in the Nigerian capital Abuja as they prepare for a possible military action in The Gambia.

Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin hosted the ECOWAS CDS’s at the Defence Headquarters, (DHQ) Abuja to discuss ways and efforts to mitigate the political impasse in Gambia following the refusal of President Yahya Jammeh to hand over power to the president elect, Adama Barrow after he lost the December 1 2016 election.

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While welcoming the participants and ECOWAS officials to DHQ, General Olonisakin expressed the readiness of regional leaders and military commanders to continue the pursuit of dialogue with the political leaders of Gambia and ensure peaceful transition of power in accordance with the Gambian’s constitution and the peoples will.

Notable dignitaries at the event included the chairperson of ECOWAS CDS, General Ziankahn of Liberia, General CH Gueye of Senegal ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs Hajiya Salamatu, Gambian-born Vice President of the Commission, Edward Singhateh, the Ghanian Chief of Defence Staff and Principal Staff Officers from Defence, Army, Navy, and Air Force Headquarters.

Due to security reasons, there was no information released at the end of the meeting.

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