Alpha Conde and Yahya Jammeh are good friends

(JollofNews) West African leaders are due in the Gambian capital, Banjul, on Friday to convince the country’s sit-tight president Yahya Jammeh to accept the outcome of the December 1st election and relinquish power.

Mr Jammeh has been given until midday on Friday to leave office or be forced out by UN-backed Senegal led regional forces who crossed into Gambian territory on Thursday.

And in a bid to avoid potential loss of lives, President Alpha Conde of Guinea, President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania and Liberia’s Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who is also the chairperson of Ecowas, will meet Mr Jammeh to convince him to hand over power to Mr Barrow.

Mr Barrow was sworn-in on Thursday as the Gambia’s third president at a ceremony held at the Gambian embassy in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, which was attended by western and African dignitaries.

The negotiations will be led by President Conde, another good friend of Mr Jammeh, who persuaded the military forces to paused their advances towards Banjul on Thursday pending today’s negotiations.

The chairman of the Ecowas Commission, Marcel Alain de Souza, said that if the meeting with Mr Conde proved unsuccessful, militarily action would follow.

“If by midday, he [Mr Jammeh] doesn’t agree to leave The Gambia under the banner of President Conde, we really will intervene militarily,” he said.

Tension is currently high in the small West African nation with a population of less than two million people after Mr Jammeh annulled the results and filed a petition at the supreme court.

The results were called in favour of Adama Barrow and his opposition coalition.

Mr Jammeh initially conceded defeat and praised the country’s electoral system as rigged proof. He changed his mind a week later citing huge and unacceptable mistakes by the electoral commission.

His attempt to overturn the election result at the Supreme Court has been delayed because of a shortage of judges as most of the judges come from neighbouring countries.

And although his mandate expired on Wednesday, Mr Jammeh is insisting on staying put until the his petition is heard by the Supreme Court in May.

Jollof Media Network January 20, 201710:21 am

This is a live report and we will be updating it as events unfold.

Jollof Media Network January 20, 201710:36 am

Gambian Activist Madi Jobarteh Say Jammeh Should Refused Asylum
Writing on his Facebook page, Mr Jobarteh said: “Until this minute Fugitive Yaya Jammeh thugs are tormenting Gambian
citizens with attempted arrest. Until now there Gambians under detention
since yesterday, last week, last month, and last year and many years
ago. What about them if Yaya Jammeh runs away? What about his thugs in
our society threatening law abiding citizens? If ECOWAS gives asylum to
Fugitive Yaya Jammeh he will be abroad and directing his thugs in our
society and threatening the peace and stability of the Gambia. Therefore
Fugitive Yaya Jammeh must surrender himself unconditionally or he is
captured and handed over to the Gambian authorities. This way all his
accomplices and thugs will also be neutralised.

Sending Fugitive Yaya Jammeh out of the Gambia is a threat to the peace and security of the Gambia.

Surrender Now or Capture Yaya Jammeh. Period. God bless the Gambia.”

Jollof Media Network January 20, 201710:40 am

Pata PJ, Gambian Activist And Blogger:
Jammeh insists UN resolution doesn’t authorize Military intervention;
– Jammeh insists UN, AU and ECOWAS delegation can come to Banjul but
the only way to settle this issue of ‘fraudulent elections’ is the
courts;
– Jammeh insists back to the polls
– Jammeh insists will dissolve current cabinet and looks to appoint new one in few days;
– ECOWAS insists on cutting deal with the rebel;
– ECOWAS insists halting advancing for some dang ‘peace’ chance;
-WE insist you shoot the rebel and his men;

ECOWAS BETTER take up our medical, therapy and counseling bills for adding more hours to our agony.

Jollof Media Network January 20, 201710:43 am
Jollof Media Network January 20, 201710:52 am

Umaru Fofana, BBC

At the airport in The Gambia. UN west Africa boss, Ibn Chambas is here. Awaiting presidents of Guinea and Mauritania.
Jollof Media Network January 20, 201710:54 am

45,000 People Fled Gambia Into Senegal
45,000 people, mainly children have fled the Gambia into Senegal since Jan. 1, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday, citing figures from the Senegalese government.

“The next few days will be critical and more people may leave the country if the current situation is not resolved peacefully soon,” UNHCR said in a statement. Senegalese authorities had prepared aid for 100,000 arrivals, it said.

Reuters

Jollof Media Network January 20, 201711:02 am

Thomas Fessy

BBC News, Banjul

On the tarmac at the airport in Banjul the red carpet is in place and officials are waiting for the presidents of Guinea and Mauritania to land.

Soldiers here are smiling and friendly.
Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the UN’s regional envoy to West Africa who has repeatedly said that longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh must step down, is here.

In the city itself, things remain quiet this morning and shops and businesses are still closed.

There is a feeling that the end of the political crisis is close but everybody is anxiously waiting to hear what Mr Jammeh will tell the presidents of Guinea and Mauritania.

The head of the Ecowas commission, Marcel de Souza, has suggested Mr Jammeh could be flown to
Guinea before deciding on his fate.

Interestingly, Mauritania is not a member state of Ecowas and the Guinean president, Alpha Conde, has
repeatedly voiced his opposition to a regional military action, arguing that diplomacy should prevail instead.

Jollof Media Network January 20, 201711:06 am

Letting a rebel leader into further negotiation is not only unwise but a ridiculous decision to make. From the onset Jammeh, had refused to step aside despite mounting international pressure. Now that Yahya no longer has the ligitimate power to hold Gambians at hostage, he’s allowed to stay at State House giving directives to GRTS to announce the dissolution of his cabinet, calling for appointment of new cabinet ministers. This is not just wise. It is horribly stupid. As erratic as Jammeh is this might be a tactical move to execute plans in undermining the new leadership and the Gambian people. Yet we we are treating this as if it is normal… Trusting Jamneh at this hr is as dangerous as throwing yourself into the river when you can not swim.

Jollof Media Network January 20, 201711:08 am
Jollof Media Network January 20, 201711:10 am

Letting a rebel leader into further negotiation is not only unwise but a ridiculous decision to make. From the onset Jammeh, had refused to step aside despite mounting international pressure. Now that Yahya no longer has the ligitimate power to hold Gambians at hostage, he’s allowed to stay at State House giving directives to GRTS to announce the dissolution of his cabinet, calling for appointment of new cabinet ministers. This is not just wise. It is horribly stupid. As erratic as Jammeh is this might be a tactical move to execute plans in undermining the new leadership and the Gambian people. Yet we we are treating this as if it is normal… Trusting Jamneh at this hr is as dangerous as throwing yourself into the river when you can not swim.

Jollof Media Network January 20, 201711:15 am

Alh Yahya Ceesay, Gambian resident In London, UK
I hereby register my fervent congratulations to His Excellency, President Adama Barrow as the new president of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia.

My family and I, wish him and his entire team of humble servants, a successful term of office characterised by peace, progress and positive development. Long live President Barrow and his Coalition, long live the good people of Gambia, long live Mother Gambia.

Jollof Media Network January 20, 201711:21 am

Jammeh’s wife and son are still with him in State House, a source very close to the presidency has just told me. If Jammeh doesn’t go & troops move in on him, the men around him will surrender, says my source. “Nobody wants to die for this”.



Jollof Media Network January 20, 201711:25 am


Ebou , freelance cameraman working for Reuters under detention at Kairaba Police Station

Jollof Media Network January 20, 201711:26 am

T minus 45 min 2 deadline. 2 close for comfort. Ould Aziz on way but no sign yet of Conde/Sirleaf ns in limbo.

Jollof Media Network January 20, 201711:52 am

H.E Adama Barrow, President of the Republic of The Gambia, shall host a Reception for Gambians resident in Senegal today at King Fahd Hotel, at 5pm. The President will also address Gambians resident in Senegal. Due to limitations of space, security and all other relevant considerations, it is not practical to accommodate the entire Gambian population in Senegal. Therefore, your understanding is being invoked. Let me repeat:
ONLY GAMBIANS RESIDENT IN SENEGAL, not those on a visit.

Jollof Media Network January 20, 201711:58 am

We all want Yahya Jammeh out of our country as soon as possible but we have to take things easy, we don’t want bloodbath in our country and so as the president barrow, that’s why ECOWAS is still given him a last
chance and trying to solve this matter peaceful, once a violence has erupted no nobody knows where and how it’s going to end, consequences of war, we expect collateral damages and civilians casualties, if a
presidents blood has spilled on the ground is something else, as we seen the likes of Lebia. Let all pray and hope for the peace of our tiny country. For the Gambia ever true.

Jollof Media Network January 20, 201712:04 pm

Jammeh deadline ‘being pushed back’

According to BBC’s Thomas Fessy in Banjul, the presidents of Mauritania and Guinea – who are due in the Gambia for last-ditch talks to persaude Yahya Jammeh to leave the country with them and seek asylum – are only now leaving the Mauritanian capital, a BBC correspondent says.This means the noon deadline for Mr Jammeh to cede power could be pushed back to leave time for the presidents to arrive and hold talks.

Jollof Media Network January 20, 201712:09 pm

BBC’s Umaru Fofana At Banjul International Airport

on Facebook: All set at the Gambia airport now. As deadline clocks for Jammeh, aircraft just landed with Guinea & Mauritanian presidents.

Jollof Media Network January 20, 201712:21 pm

Jammeh didn’t meet Mauritanian president Aziz off the plane. UN’s Chambas, who so far Jammeh refused to meet, prob here already.

Jollof Media Network January 20, 20172:32 pm

Wojjo Samuel Samson from Sudan

Jammeh seems to be running mad.i think that marks the resurrection of Iddi Amin Dada who died long time as a dictator in Uganda now another in Gambia.shame on Gambians who supported this great fool of west africa.
Barrow need to discipline Jammeh as a lession for other leaders in africa.

Jollof Media Network January 20, 20173:14 pm

Last week he told the BBC that there was no need for Mr Jammeh to go into exile and he would not be prosecuted by the incoming government over abuses he is accused of ordering during his 22-year rule.

Jollof Media Network January 20, 20173:21 pm

Gambian Activist Not Happy With Tonight’s Reception Event In Dakar

Pa Samba Jow wrote on Facebook

I understand the need to celebrate the advent of a new Gambia by Gambians in Dakar, but it will be the height of insensitivity for a party to be organized when Gambians are stranded as refugees in Karang and the environs. My advice to the organizers of the “party” is to divert whatever funds they were going to use for the party to the relief effort being undertaken by our comrades in Senegal. Additionally, if security permits, Barrow and Team should go to the border and visit the refugees.
Jollof Media Network January 20, 20173:41 pm

Wise Words From Baba Jobe’s Mate,Lamin Kuru Kongira

God sent messengers to their own people and for their own benefit, either you listen to them or not that has nothing to do with the Almightiness God.
Leaders of world are also been chosen by God to rule their fellow country men, he put your trust in the hearts and minds of your people, IF YOU betrayed your fellow country men and women, you become totally undesirable to him the Almighty God.
No plan or negotiation in this earth can safe you, be accountable to yourself before you are accountable, remember what you have done and think of what is to be done.
I HAVE DECIDED
GAMBIA HAS DECIDED
THE ALMIGHTY GOD HAS DECIDED
YOU ALSO HAVE TO DECIDED YOUR OWN FATE.
The better thing for you is to GO and DO NOT come back.
(ALINMAKOYI SEBUTOTO/DOMITAL)
Jollof Media Network January 20, 20173:46 pm

Activist Wants Jammeh To Disclose Whereabouts Of Victims

Bamba Mass said.
Any negotiation without Gambians knowing about the fate of three Imams kidnapped, other uniformed men/women and all the disappeared Gambians known to the public would not be accepted.
Let Jammeh talk before he is allowed anything. Those talking about let him go we don’t want bloodshed are those of us who are heartless idiots if you ask me.
If those Imams were their fathers or even relatives, they would be singing a different song right now. Let us fight for truth with honesty and sincerity not selfish heartless egos.
If people are armed not armed, it’s all because of terrorist threats from Yahya and his armed murderous sycophants. For people to even insinuate tribal war, come on fools tribal war between who and who?
Which country do you people come from? Don’t you know the interrelationships built within tribes? There would never be any tribal war and you all knew it. You are hidden heartless criminals anyone who is advocating for Yahya to escape justice and you are doing it hiding behind your own in head thoughts of imaginative tribal war.
Give us a break if you cannot fight for Yahya’s victims.
Jollof Media Network January 20, 20174:03 pm

Journalist Wura Bah Throws Punches At Ex-Jammeh Enablers

Gambians are really interesting people, because they are totally different from what they showcase. Those who were supporting ex-president Jammeh’s attempts to subvert the popular will of the people by rejecting and subsequently annulling the results of the elections are the very people now calling for peace. If Jammeh has no support from the start either from the military and civilians, we would not have reach this dangerous height. The likes of Dr Omar Sey and Benjamin Roberts and other accomplish should be tried for treason. God safe Gambia….
Jollof Media Network January 20, 20174:06 pm

BBC’s Umaru Fofana Just left State House

I just left State House in Banjul, gambia. There will be further drama in this unending story of several twists
Jollof Media Network January 20, 20174:29 pm

Gambia’s Army Boss Sides With Barrow

Gambia’s army chief General Ousman Badjie told Reuters on Friday that he recognized new President Adama Barrow as the new commander-and-chief and would not fight a regional force poised to depose Yahya Jammeh, who has refused to step down.

“We are going to welcome them with flowers and make them a cup of tea,” Badjie said. “This is a political problem. It’s a misunderstanding. We are not going to fight Nigerian, Togolese or any military that comes.”

Jollof Media Network January 20, 20174:56 pm

No deal yet

Negotiations to convince Gambia’s long-term ruler, Yahya Jammeh are still ongoing at State House in Banjul.
West African troops are patiently waiting for him to make a decision about his future and that of The Gambia.
Should Jammeh agree to step down, he will be given a sage passage out of The Gambia into exile. But if he refuses, he will be flushed out militarily.
Jollof Media Network January 20, 20175:10 pm

Kenya and South Africa dumps Jammeh

Jollof Media Network January 20, 20175:15 pm
Just in!
Guinean officials have reportedly told FRANCE 24 that Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh is currently writing statement where he accepts to leave, in the presence of Guinean officials
Jollof Media Network January 20, 20175:41 pm

Presidents Barrow and Sall Performs Jummah Prayers
Mr Barrow said: Today I, and His Excellency, President Macky Sall performed a prayer. We prayed for peace in Gambia.

Jollof Media Network January 20, 20176:02 pm

Jammeh Is A lucky Man Says Journalist Alagi Yorro Jallow

” If you kill one person you go to jail; if you kill
twenty people;you go to institution for the insane; if you kill
unquantifiable number of people in your country,bring in human
sufferings;you get political asylum.”
President Jammeh has accepted
to go into exile,no doubt he will live a life of idleness and luxury
using the funds in his Swiss and Panama bank accounts.No suggestion of
any criminal charges of restitution of appropriated wealth and human
rights violations.
No indication of any violence ,injury or threats
to life and either no sigh of any unprincipled APRC political supporter
or loyalist from the “Junglers”,the presidential guards or the NIA
rising up to sabotage the new democracy.President Jammeh is a lucky man
and president Barrow too a lucky man will not be presiding a country of
dead bodies and Gambian blood.There is no Brutus ,and no Caesar.
I
have a much worse fate in mind for tyrants than a luxury chalet in the
Alps.And a much better future in mind for The Gambia than a new dictator
emerging from the top brass of the Army..There is maturity in the
political class as well in the military.Long live The Gambia.

Jollof Media Network January 20, 20176:09 pm

Talks End In Banjul
West African leaders are heading out to Banjul International Airport after holding talks with President Yahya Jammeh.
The outcome of the meeting is not known.

Jollof Media Network January 20, 20176:11 pm

BBC’s Thomas Fessy At Banjul International Airport

airport protocol getting ready for delegation as & presidents have left State House, unclear if Jammeh w/ them..

Jollof Media Network January 20, 20176:27 pm

Jeffrey Smith

Yahya Jammeh is doing what he’s done best for twenty-two years: torture a populace that’s long been ready to get their lives back. gambia