23 teachers dismissed for impregnating pupils

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Zambia News and Information Service (ZANIS) on Saturday said no fewer than 23 teachers were dismissed in Zambia for sexually abusing and impregnating pupils in 2016.

The Teaching Service Commission in Zambia said that the teachers were dismissed for having sex with the pupils and impregnating others from January to December 2016.

The commission is a quasi-government agency that oversees all matters related to terms and conditions of teacher services.

Jennifer Chiwala, the commission chairperson, however, said that two provinces, Lusaka and Luapula, did not record any case of sexual abuse of pupils.

“As of January to December 2016, a total of 23 teachers were dismissed out of which 13 were dismissed for having carnal knowledge of pupils, while the other 10 were dismissed for impregnating pupils,’’ she said.

 According to her, investigations have been launched concerning the sexual abuse of pupils by teachers and that a comprehensive report will be issued after the investigations.

“In January, some pupils at a girls’ school in northern Zambia complained of sexual abuse by teachers, a move that caused anger, forcing the government to launch investigations.

“So far, some teachers have been suspended at the school after they were implicated of perpetrating the trend by the pupils during investigations. (Xinhua/NAN)

Convicted former Nigerian Governor James Ibori returns to country from Britain

James Ibori, former governor of Nigeria's Delta State, speaks after a court hearing outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Britain, January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Estelle Shirbon

James Ibori, who as governor of oil-rich Delta State became one of Nigeria’s richest and most powerful men, has returned to the country after serving a sentence for corruption in Britain, his lawyer said on Saturday.

“I can confirm that he left last night and arrived this morning in Nigeria,” Jonathan Chike-Epelle, Ibori’s lawyer in Britain, told Reuters by phone.

Local media have said he remains influential in politics, and in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Ibori did not rule out a political comeback.

Arrested in 2010, Ibori served half his 13-year sentence – as is normal under British procedures – after pleading guilty in 2012 to 10 counts of fraud and money-laundering. He was released in December, but is still locked in a battle over his assets.

While in office, Ibori acquired luxury properties in Britain, the United States, South Africa and Nigeria. He is the most senior Nigerian politician to have been held to account for the corruption that has blighted Africa’s most populous nation.

His jailing in Britain, where he had laundered millions of pounds and sent his children to an expensive private school, was hailed as a high point in the international fight against graft and an important signal to other corrupt politicians.

But the conviction has since become bogged down in allegations of misconduct by British authorities.

Asked by Reuters if he would run for office again, Ibori said he was barred from doing so for 10 years because of his conviction, but that he intended to appeal to have that conviction overturned.

The appeal would be based on an allegation, made by one of Ibori’s former associates, that a British police officer had taken bribes in return for inside information on the case before Ibori’s conviction, and that prosecutors had covered it up.

British police say the allegation was investigated, resulting in no arrests or charges.

The state prosecution service says material supporting the allegation exists and it initially failed to disclose that to Ibori’s defence team, but it is confident Ibori’s conviction remains valid. Court proceedings are ongoing.

Reuters

 

Protesters attack Mimiko’s convoy in error over 2017 budget presentation

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Protesters who had laid siege on the Ondo House of Assembly since Wednesday over the 2017 budget presentation, yesterday attacked the convoy of Governor Olusegun Mimiko in error.

The protesters, on hearing the siren of the pilot car rushed out thinking the governor was taking the impeached speaker, Jumoke Akindele, to the assembly to present the budget

A source who witnessed the incident and spoke on terms of anonymity, said Governor Mimiko was scheduled to inaugurate a mega school at Ore, headquarters of Odigbo Local Government, where the daughter of late Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, was a special guest.

“The daughter of late Pa Awolowo, Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu was in the state as a special guest of honour at the commissioning of Our Saviour’s Anglican Caring Heart Mega Primary School, Odigbo.

“The Governor took her in his car to visit The Dome. To get to the Dome, one would need to make a U-turn at the Ministry of Women Affairs; the same road leading to the Assembly complex.

“In making this U -turn, some people who had been on ground there must have thought the governor was going to the Assembly, so, they came out attempting to attack the governor’s convoy.

“They mistook Dosunmu Awolowo for Jumoke Akindele. As at the time we left the complex, there was no gunshot,” he said. Another eyewitness narrated that “all other vehicles in the convoy had gone but the ambulance was affected.”

He added that though the governor saw all that happened, he gave instructions that the protesters should be left alone even as they blocked the entrance on his way out of The Dome.

He noted that the protesters ran away when security men in the convoy came down to clear the way, refuting the report that the Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison ordered her men to shoot at sight.

Meanwhile, there are indications that four of the 13 lawmakers, who effected the suspension of the Speaker of the House, Jumoke Akindele, may be sworn in this weekend to break the rank and file of the opposition lawmakers following a sack order by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

The Guardian

 

Ondo speaker impeached over alleged fraud

Less than four weeks to the inauguration of the Ondo State governor-elect, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, members of the State Assembly have suspended the Speaker of the House, Jumoke Akindele, and her Deputy, Akin Olotu, over allegation of N15 million fraud.

The suspension of the Speaker was effected by 15 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and five member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) around 6p.m. yesterday at the Assembly Complex along Igbatoro Road, Akure.

Consequently, an Acting Speaker and Deputy Speaker, Malachi Coker and Ayodele Arowele, respectively, were hurriedly elected, while Olamide George was elected as the Majority Leader, as the lawmakers adjourned after the brief sitting.

But the intervention of Governor Olusegun Mimiko saved the principal officers. According to the lawmakers, their suspension was sequel to the withdrawal of the sum of N15millon by Akindele.

The paymaster was said to have been caught by the lawmakers with the cash at the premises of the Assembly and he allegedly told them he was acting on the instruction of the suspended speaker.

The House convoked an emergency session about 5pm and moved that the Assembly leadership under Akindele had failed the lawmakers, as they were not aware of the approval of the said sum.

Olugbenga Araoyinbo, who confirmed the development, said 20 lawmakers signed the impeachment, which was carried out within the premises of the Assembly, with the Clerk, Bode Akinyelu, in attendance and the Mace used as the insignia of authority.

The Guardian

 

Trump Bars All Refugees, and Citizens From 7 Muslim Nations

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President Trump on Friday closed the nation’s borders to refugees from around the world, ordering that families fleeing Syrian carnage be indefinitely blocked from entering the United States, and temporarily suspending immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries.

Declaring the measure part of an extreme vetting plan to “keep radical Islamic terrorists” out of the country, Mr. Trump also ordered that Christians around the globe who are seeking entry into the United States should be granted priority over Muslims, for the first time establishing a religious test for refugees.

“We don’t want them here,” Mr. Trump said of Islamic terrorists during a signing ceremony at the Pentagon. “We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country, and love deeply our people.”

Earlier in the day, Mr. Trump explained to an interviewer for the Christian Broadcasting Network that Christians in Syria were “horribly treated” and alleged that under previous administrations, “if you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible.”

“I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them,” the president said.

The executive order suspends the entry of refugees into the United States for 120 days and directs officials to determine additional screening ”to ensure that those approved for refugee admission do not pose a threat to the security and welfare of the United States.”

The order also stops the admission of refugees from Syria indefinitely, and bars entry into the United States for 90 days from seven predominantly Muslim countries linked to concerns about terrorism. Those countries are: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

Additionally, Mr. Trump signed a memorandum on Friday directing what he called “a great rebuilding of the armed services,” saying it would call for budget negotiations to acquire new planes, new ships and new resources for the nation’s military.

“Our military strength will be questioned by no one, but neither will our dedication to peace,” Mr. Trump said.

Announcing his “extreme vetting” plan, the president invoked the specter of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Most of the 19 hijackers on the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pa., were from Saudi Arabia. The rest were from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Lebanon. None of those countries is on Mr. Trump’s visa ban list.

Human rights activists roundly condemned Mr. Trump’s actions, describing them as officially sanctioned religious persecution dressed up to look like an effort to make the United States safer.

The International Rescue Committee called it “harmful and hasty.” The American Civil Liberties Union described it as a “euphemism for discriminating against Muslims.” Raymond Offensheiser, the president of Oxfam America, said the order will harm families around the world who are threatened by authoritarian governments.

“The refugees impacted by today’s decision are among the world’s most vulnerable people — women, children, and men — who are simply trying to find a safe place to live after fleeing unfathomable violence and loss,” Mr. Offensheiser said.

The president signed the executive order shortly after issuing a statement noting that Friday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an irony that many of his critics highlighted on Twitter.

Mr. Trump’s actions came during a swearing-in ceremony for Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, a former Marine general. Standing in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Mr. Trump hailed the members of America’s military as “the backbone of this country” and described Mr. Mattis as a “man of action.” The president mistakenly referred to Mr. Mattis as a “soldier,” a term abhorred by Marines.

Mr. Trump has been deferential to Mr. Mattis, who has quickly established himself as a top aide whose advice the president is willing to take. On Friday, Mr. Trump said he would let Mr. Mattis “override” him by banning torture during terror interrogations even though Mr. Trump believes the tactics do work in getting information from suspects.

In a remarkable show of deference to his own subordinate, Mr. Trump said during an earlier news conference Friday morning with Theresa May, the British prime minister, that he would let Mr. Mattis decide about whether to use torture in interrogations. Mr. Mattis has said he does not believe torture is effective.

“I don’t necessarily agree, but I will tell you that he will override because I’m giving him that power,” Mr. Trump said. “I’m going to rely on him. I happen to feel that it does work.”

Mr. Trump appeared to be struggling with the issue even as he spoke, returning several times to his own belief in the effectiveness of torture even as he stated that he would let Mr. Mattis decide.

“But I’m going with our leaders,” he said. “We are going to win, with or without.”

Then he added, “But I do disagree.”

Mr. Mattis spent his first week as defense secretary trying to reassure not only American allies, but also military rank and file, that the United States will not abandon a national security structure that has stood in place since the end of World War II. He has told officials in the Pentagon building that at an uncertain time, he intends, as defense secretary, to provide an even-keeled, measured approach to national security issues.

Before the signing ceremony, Mr. Trump met with Mr. Mattis and his military chiefs for about an hour. The meeting — which took place in a Pentagon secure room known as “the tank” — included introductions for Mr. Trump to his military chiefs of staff. The meeting was attended by Michael Flynn, the national security adviser; Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and the chiefs of the four services and the National Guard.

The men discussed how to accelerate the fight against the Islamic State and North Korea and how to deal with a host of global challenges, said a defense official who was not authorized to talk publicly about the internal talks. The leaders also discussed how to improve military readiness.

The newly sworn-in secretary of defense also gave Mr. Trump a little of what the president has been asking — or tweeting — for. On Thursday, Mr. Mattis ordered a review of the controversial F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, which has been criticized by Mr. Trump for its cost overruns.

Mr. Mattis also ordered that plans for a new Air Force One — another project that has come under fire from Mr. Trump — should be reviewed, “with the specific objective of identifying means to substantially reduce the program’s costs while delivering needed capabilities.”

The F-35 review, Mr. Mattis said in a memo, will also look at how to reduce costs while still meeting requirements set out for the fighter jet program.

During his confirmation hearings this month, Mr. Mattis defended tweets from Mr. Trump criticizing the F-35 program. Mr. Mattis said at the time that Mr. Trump had “in no way shown a lack of support for the program,” adding, “He just wants more bang for the buck.”

The cost of building the F-35 next-generation fighter jet has been an issue at the Pentagon for several years. At an estimated $400 billion over 15 years for 2,443 planes, the fighter jet is the military largest weapons project.

The New York Times

I will not apologise for ordering my members to kill Fulani herdsmen – Apostle Suleiman

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Apostle Johnson Suleiman of the Omega Fire Ministries, OFM, has insisted that he would not withdraw his statement directing his members to kill any Fulani herdsman found around him and the church.

Operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, had in the early hours of Wednesday attempted to arrest the fiery preacher but were prevented by the Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose.

In a recent message to his congregation, Suleiman had said, “I told my people, any Fulani herdsman you see around you, kill him. I have told them in the church here, that any Fulani herdsman that just entered by mistake, Kill him, Kill Him. Cut his head. If they are busy killing Christians and nothing is happening, we will kill them and nothing will happen.”

But addressing his congregation on the incident, the fiery preacher vowed not to apologise, stressing that he had nothing personal against Fulanis and Muslims.

Suleiman maintained that he holds Fulani people who are tolerant and respect the sanctity of human life in high regards.

“Many of them have been so concerned. They said: ‘Daddy, we know you love us.’… My driver in Lagos is a Muslim. He has been driving me for nine years and I have bought him two cars. If I am not tolerant, a Muslim won’t drive me.

“One day, there was an issue that happened at the gate of the church and I met with all the security men. I discovered that one of them was a Muslim and I asked how he happened to be there.

“He said he had been here for a long time and he was their supervisor, chief security officer. The way people make comments online, they say, ‘He has asked Muslims to kill Christians’.

“Will I tell people to go and kill such a person? The Fulani people who are very enlightened have called me. They understand me.

“The reason I’m speaking now is because the herdsmen whom I am angry against are happy that this issue has become a religious one.

“I’ll not withdraw my statement and those of you who are my children and pastors need to know what I’m fighting for, so that you can stand tomorrow and say ‘this is what I’m fighting for’.”

He accused his opponents of portraying him in a bad light before the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal Government.

The preacher revealed that his father is a leader of APC in his hometown of Auchi in Edo state.

He said, “I am speaking to clear the air, because number one, people who are going about saying things about me, do not know me.

“They owe me an apology for all of those statements. They are making the issue political, as if I am with PDP. Let me say this thing that Nigerians do not even know. Let me shock them. My father is a leader of APC in Auchi.

“If I were to be political, don’t I know who to follow? But I am not interested in politics.

“I come from a Muslim family. Some of my family members are Christians, some are still Muslims… I have decided to ignore them (people criticisng him) because your viewpoint is what determines your point of view. What gets your intention should not get your attention. They don’t know me.”

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Defend Christians, your silence annoying – CAN charges Osinbajo

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Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Friday urged acting President, Yemi Osinbajo to rise and defend the plight of Christians in Nigeria.

A statement by Bayo Oladeji, Special Assistant on Media to the CAN President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, said while Christians are yet to recover from the genocide in Southern Kaduna by the murderous Fulani herdsmen and its attendant consequences, the Jigawa state government had began the pulling down of churches with impunity.

Continuing, “According to what we heard, they insisted on remaining in the hotel until Apostle Johnson Suleman surrendered himself for arrest. But for the timely intervention of the management of the hotel and other well meaning Nigerians around, the invasion could have resulted into bloodshed as the Minister of God was there with some MOPOL men and officers.

“Apostle Suleman has become a refugee in Ekiti state as security operatives are said to be searching every nook and cranny of the state with a view to arresting him.

“If there is an urgent need to interrogate Apostle Suleman on any issue, it would only have been proper to extend a formal or informal invitation to him from the DSS rather than Gestapo approach used in the attempt to arrest him.

“Treating Ministers of God and our members as common criminals is unacceptable to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Enough is enough.

“Despite all the promises made by Governor Nasir el-Rufai, none of those who were responsible for the killings of our members in the Southern Kaduna has been brought to book.

“Instead the Police have been releasing those who were arrested for the killing of our members in Kano and Kubwa (Abuja) while our leaders are being subjected to untold hardship for just no cause.

“We call on the acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to intervene in all the clampdown on the Church in Nigeria after all, he is in the office primarily to represent the interest of the Christians and his studied silence is no longer golden.

“The last time we checked, Sections 38 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) it states clearly that every Nigerian is “entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom (either alone or in community with others, and in public or in private) to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance.”

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Gunmen invade Imo court, free notorious robbery suspect, ‘Vampire’

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Gunmen suspected to be members of a notorious kidnap and armed robbery syndicate invaded the Owerri High Court on Friday and rescued a suspected member of the gang, Henry Chibueze, who is known as Vampire.

It was gathered that the suspect and others had been brought into the court premises to face kidnapping and other heinous criminal charges before the attack.

The gunmen escaped with Chibueze after a shootout with security operatives, which left several persons with injuries.

The State Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Prisons Service, Mr. Maduba James, said the suspect, Henry, was at large and that over six people were critically injured during the gunfight.

The PRO said, “We were in the office this morning when we got a distress call that some gunmen were in the court premises, we thought they were DSS officials because by then we were conveying over 50 in-mates to the state High Court for hearing.

“Nevertheless, one of the in-mates who we know as Vampire is at large presently but my Comptroller and other security operatives in the state are on top of the situation”.

American President: Full Speech of President Donald Trump inaugural address

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That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.

This is your day. This is your celebration.

And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now.

You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.

These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation – and their pain is our pain.  Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success.  We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.

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The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry

Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military

We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our ow

And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.

But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs.  Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.

I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders.  We will bring back our wealth.  And we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.

We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.

When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.

There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.

We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.

In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.

We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over.

Now arrives the hour of action.

Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done.  No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.

We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.

It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.

So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:

You will never be ignored again.

Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.

We Will Make America Wealthy Again.

We Will Make America Proud Again.

We Will Make America Safe Again.

And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.

THE HILL

Nigerian Air Force Deploys Assets To Senegal For Possible Action In Gambia

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed that it has deployed assets to Senegal in case they are needed to enforce Gambia’s election mandate.

The mandate requires Gambia’s president, Yahya Jammeh, to step down by the end of his term on Jan 19, 2017, after he lost the Dec 1, 2016 presidential election to Adama Barrow, who has been recognized by neighbouring countries in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as the president-elect.

“The NAF today moved a contingent of 200 men and air assets comprising fighter jets, transport aircraft, light utility helicopter as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to Dakar from where it is expected to operate into Gambia,” the NAF director of public relations, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, said Wednesday.

“The deployment is also to forestall hostilities or breakdown of law and order that may result from the current political impasse in Gambia.”

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar addressed the airmen before their departure at the New Bussa air base in Niger State. The contingent is being led by Air Commodore Tajudeen Yusuf.

Other countries contributing troops include Senegal, Ghana and countries within the sub-region.

Senegal’s forces are already at the Gambian border and will enter the country if President Yahya Jammeh does not step down when his official mandate ends at midnight, Jan 19.

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz arrived Banjul on Wednesday to talk to Jammeh, Gambian state TV said. It was the last mediation effort to persuade Jammeh to step down to defuse an imminent declaration of war.

Jammeh has refused to step down, though unconfirmed reports indicated that he has made arrangements for his children and wife to leave Banjul.

Colonel Abdou Ndiaye, a spokesman for the Senegalese army, said the country’s troops are at the border, ready to move into Gambia by midnight. “We are ready and are awaiting the deadline at midnight. If no political solution is found, we will step in,” Ndiaye said.

Senegal’s statement raises the prospect of armed confrontation between forces loyal to the president who has ruled Gambia for 22 years and Senegal, which surrounds the tiny country on three sides.

Senegal has circulated a draft resolution to the 15-member United Nations Security Council seeking its “full support to the ECOWAS in its commitment to take all necessary measures to ensure the respect of the will of the people of The Gambia”.

BERNAMA