A local Gambian has backed troops entering her country to dislodge Yahya Jammeh as leader.
Isatou Mboob, from Arnold, has seen an unsafe Gambia from afar since former Argos security guard Adama Barrow was elected in December as president after two decades of Jammeh rule.
The 32-year-old says: “Mr Jammeh has been in power for 22 years and it’s time for him to finally leave The Gambia in peace. He is an evil man.”
Isatou’s mum and sister are currently seeking refuge in neighbouring country Senegal amid safety concerns.
She added: “I went to Gambia over Christmas and my friends and family seem unaware to what is going to happen. Since being back in Nottingham I have felt even more anxious as my mother and sister are now trying to remain safe in Senegal.
“There are many Gambians, like myself, who have great potential and are well-educated that want to go back home but Jammeh is a massive obstruction.”
Senegalese troops have now entered Gambia stating that they will remove Jammeh ‘with force’ if required, after his decision to stay in office was supported by Gambian parliament.
Adama Barrow was sworn in as president in Dakar, Senegal on Thursday, the first change of presidency in 22 years, a move that has been recognised internationally.
Yayhya Jammeh will be forced out by UN-backed regional forces if he doesn’t leave the office by 12pm today.
President-elect Barrow will continue to stay in Senegal until all military action is over.