airport Banjul(JollofNews) – The Gambian regime of Yahya Jammeh Thursday said it has no plans to shut down the country’s only international airport amid the deepening political crisis.

Mr Jammeh is alleged to have issued directives for Banjul International Airport to be shut down from January 10th following an announcement by West African leaders that they will travel to the Gambia for the inauguration of Adama Barrow on January 19th.

But in a media statement, Mr Jammeh’s regime said it has not issued any such directives and reassured passengers intending to use the Banjul International Airport that it ‘remains open’ and ‘will remain open’ for business as usual.

The regime said the story about the alleged plans to shut down the airport “are part of a campaign of misinformation and disinformation being orchestrated by enemies of the Gambian state in their unholy objective of fomenting confusion and civil strife among the peace-loving and Allah-fearing Gambian populace.”

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While urging people to disregard what it described as ‘fake news’ being routinely circulated about the country, the regime said  the Gambia remains and will remain a stable and peaceful state for all its citizens and residents.

Tension is currently high in the small West African nation of less than two million people after President Jammeh, who has governed the Gambia for 22 years rejected the election results.

The dispute over the election results has raised tensions in the region, with both neighbouring countries and international powers urging Mr Jammeh to step down

And as the political crisis deepens, leaders of the West African regional grouping have  authorised a so-called Ecowas Standby Force (ESF) to intervene militarily if Mr Jammeh refuses to give up power when his mandate expires on January 18.

But as the deadline nears, Mr Jammeh who has secured the backing of the Gambian army, is  standing his ground and has vowed to fight off any foreign invasion.