ECOWAS forces have arrested a senior Gambian army general and have seized weapons from the private residence of exiled former ruler Yahya Jammeh, force commander Francois Ndiaye has said.
General Bora Colley, the head of an elite commando unit, had been arrested in neighbouring Senegal, he said, without giving details.
Regional troops had also raided Mr Jammeh’s residence in his home village of Kanilai, recovering arms and ammunition, General Ndiaye said, adding: “The situation is under control.”
General Colley was the former commander of the military camp in Kanilai, where Mr Jammeh had planned to go and retire before being forced into exile after refusing to accept defeat in the 1 December election, The Gambia’s Freedom newspaper reported.
Four guards for Mr Jammeh’s wife, Zainab, were also arrested, in the border town of Karang in Senegal, General Ndiaye said.