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Nigerian Air Force contingent returns after mission in Gambia

The Nigerian Air Force personnel who returned to Lagos were part of Ecowas military option to restore democracy in Gambia.

Former President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia. Picture: AFP

LAGOS – The Nigerian Air Force contingent, who were part of Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) force deployed to the Gambia to ensure smooth transition of power from former president of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, who lost the December presidential election to the current president, Adama Barrow has returned home.

Two-hundred of the Nigerian Air Force personnel who returned to Lagos on Thursday were part of Ecowas military option to restore democracy in Gambia following Jammeh’s refusal to step down after losing an election to Barrow.

Air Commodore Tajudeen Yusuf, who led the Nigerian airmen to Gambia, told reporters at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos that Jammeh was preparing for any military action.

“At the time when we went to the state house he was preparing for the war. But the air power scared him and he decided to step down.”