Gambia: Nigerian Army clarifies position on invasion

The Nigerian Army has reacted to reports which alleged that the Army has readied a battalion of Special Forces to invade The Gambia.

The report claims the Nigerian had assembled a crack team that will attack Gambia should Jammeh refuse to step down.

The Army flatly denied the reports saying the Army had not communicated such plans to anyone.

The clarification was made by the director of Army Public relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman.

“There was no time or place Nigerian Army disclosed such information to the medium,” Sani said.

“If there is any, we challenge them to name the officer or soldier that gave them such information and when.

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“For the avoidance of doubt, Nigerian Army is not planning to attack any country.

“It should be noted that such reckless and unprofessional conduct is not expected of any reputable and responsible news medium.

“Such reports are inimical to national security.

“The publication apart from being false in its entirety, it is unethical and capable of endangering the lives of Nigerians in diaspora.

“The medium is pleased requested to always clarify such matters affecting national security.

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“These are diplomatic issues that may endanger the safety and security of Nigerians abroad to avoid such misleading and embarrassing publication.

“You are please requested to disseminate this information to the public through your medium,” Sani said.

The Army, however, refused to name the news house that aired the information.

Meanwhile, the United States have requested all US citizens to vacate the Gambia following fears of possible conflicts.