West African states readying for Gambia intervention

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Nigerian and other West African countries are preparing a joint force to intervene militarily in Gambia if President Yahya Jammeh does not hand over power, a Nigerian military source said on Tuesday.

“A decision has been taken that he will not remain president of Gambia at the expiration of his tenure,” the source said, referring to Jammeh.

Jammeh lost a December vote to president-elect Adama Barrow, due to be sworn in on Thursday. Jammeh conceded defeat but now says he will not step down.