Ghana brings new faces to join ECOMIG mission in Gambia

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Eighteen Ghanaian troops have arrived in Banjul to join the West African regional force in The Gambia, the ECOMIG force commander, Col. Magatte Ndiaye said on Wednesday.

“They are returning the ones who have been with us and bringing in another. 32 soldiers will go back next week and another 32 will come,” Ndiaye said, referring to 18 Ghanaian soldiers who returned home last week.

Ghana is withdrawing the soldiers who were part of ECOWAS contingent during the “Operation Restore Democracy” and bringing in new faces.

The intervention of the regional force in Gambia was prompted by the refusal of former president Yahya Jammeh to quit power after losing election on 1 December 2016.

Ghana sent a contingent of 205 soldiers to join the ECOWAS Mission in the Gambia (ECOMIG) to remove Jammeh from power and install elected President Adama Barrow in 2017.

All together 7,000 troops were put on the ground by regional leaders, with two jet fighters and two warships.

Following the successful takeover by President Adama Barrow, regional troops have now got a new mandate which is the stabilization aspect.

They were tasked with providing security for the presidency, cabinet members and key state installations, reinstate confidence between the Gambian security forces and the population and its leaders.

But because of the stabilization of the country, certain aspects of their mandate such as securing cabinet ministers and protecting government installations were left to the Gambian security that has assumed its responsibility to protect the country.  

The regional troops are expected to stay in the country until June 2018.
-0- PANA MSS/AR 21Feb2018

21 february 2018 18:17:04

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