(JollofNews) – A Senegal led regional force backed by heavy artillery is reported to have entered the Gambia as part of efforts to flush out the country’s long-term ruler, Yahya Jammeh.

Mr Jammeh, 51, is refusing to handover power to Adama Barrow, who was declared winner of last month’s election.

The move came shortly after Mr Barrow was sworn-in as Gambia’s third president at the country’s embassy in Dakar, Senegal.

“Ok I can comfortably confirm that the Senegalese army is moving into Gambia direction, and we right behind the convoy of armoured tankers. so far it looms like we going all the way, unless we are stopped at some point. Remember Gambia in your prayers” wrote Gambian journalist Sheriff Bojang Junior who is embedded with the troops.

Also confirming the news, Colonel Abdou Ndiaye of the Senegalese army wrote in a text message to Reuters: “We have entered Gambia”

Meanwhile, JollofNews has obtained a video footage showing  Gambian villagers cheering and thanking the Senegalese soldiers as they march on into Gambian territory

More details to follow soon.