Barrow sworn in as Nigerian air force overflies The Gambia: reports

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This file photo taken on December 12, 2016 shows Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow speakings during an interview in Banjul.

DAKAR, Sengal;  ABUJA Nigeria - Gambia's new president Adama Barrow took the oath of office in the country's embassy in Senegal on Thursday.

Barrow was sworn in days after seeking shelter in Dakar with incumbent Yahya Jammeh still refusing to stand down after losing a  December election.

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The Nigerian air force is flying over The Gambia, an official said, as African troops prepare to force incumbent Yahya Jammeh to quit after his December election defeat.

"I confirm that the armed reconnaissance air force are over Gambia," Nigerian Air Force spokesman Ayodele Famuyiwa told AFP. "They have the capacity to strike.

Reuters reposrts that President Barrow called upon soldiers in Gambia to remain in their barracks saying those who don't will be considered rebels.