Winner of December's presidential election in The Gambia, Adama Barrow says there is no need for President Yahya Jammeh to seek asylum.
Barrow told the BBC that he was confident direct talks could solve the crisis.
Again he said he was confident he would be sworn in next week despite his rival's refusal to give up power.
President Mohammadu Buhari is leading a team of west African mediators to end the deadlock
President Muhammadu Buhari has reconstituted the Executive Management of River Basin Development Authorities under the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
A statement signed by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu says the appointments are with immediate effect.
Among the new appointees are Rev. Michael Nwabufo who becomes the Managing Director of the Anambra-Imo River Basin Development Authority.
Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority now has Engr. Saliu Ahmed as the Managing Director.
For Chad Basin Development Authority, Engr. Abba Garba becomes the Managing Director
Others are Engr. Bassey E. Nkposong as Managing Director of Cross River Basin Development Authority (CRBDA)
Hadejia-Jama’are River Basin Development Authority (HJRBDA) gets Dr. Ado Khalid Abdullahi as Managing Director
Engr. Mahmoud O. Adra was appointed as Managing Director of Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority (LBRBDA).
The list of more River Basin Authorities and their new Managing Directors -
Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority (LNRBDA): Dr. Adeniyi Saheed Aremu
Niger Delta River Basin Development Authority (NDRBDA): Engr. Tonye David-West
Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority (OORBDA): Olufemi Olayemi Odumosu
Sokoto Rima River Basin Development Authority (SRRBDA): Engr. Buhari Bature Mohammed
Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority (UBRBDA): Engr. Abubakar Muazu
• Upper Niger River Basin Development Authority (UNRBDA): Prof. Abdulkarim M. Ali
Russia has said the arrival of more than 3,000 US soldiers in Poland is a threat to its own security.
It is the largest US military reinforcement of Europe in decad s.
President Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the BBC that the move threatens the interests and security of Russia.
Peskov added that this makes it the third country building up its military presence on Russian borders in Europe and is not even a European country.
More than 80 main battle tanks and hundreds of armoured vehicles have already arrived in Germany and are now being moved into Eastern Europe by road and rail.
In addition, the US Armoured Brigade will carry out military exercises in the Baltics, being part of President Obama's response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine, meant to reassure nervous Nato allies.
The House of Representatives observed a minute silence for the fallen heroes and all the victims of Boko Haram insurgency.
This followed a motion submitted by Mohammed Monguno
Supporting the motion, some of the lawmakers called for review of pension for the military.
Sani Zoro, Chairman IDP said that liberation of Sambisa forest has given rise to more victims of displacement. Zoro further called on the government to increase efforts in putting an end to the militant group and equip the military with the need equipment.
Three separate explosions have rocked Madagali town in Adamawa state with many people feared dead and many others injured.
According to eye-witness reports the explosion was carried out by three female suicide bombers on Friday morning at a motor park on the outskirts of the town.
Already, volunteers and security men have started evacuating bodies from the park.
In the meantime, Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman disclosed in a statment that some suspected Boko Haram terrorists are undergoing preliminary investigations.
Troops of 27 Task Force Brigade stationed in Bara, Borno state on Wednesday arrested 4 of such suspected fleeing members of Boko Haram terrorist group.
According to the statement, those arrested were intercepted along with 100 concealed motorcycles at the outskirt of the town.
It explained that following the dislodgement and subsequent occupation of Boko Haram stronghold at Camp Zairo, Sambisa forest, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE intensified searches, patrols, raids and mop up operations.
The statement noted that the terrorists have been escaping the theatre to avoid capture and prosecution, so during one of such patrols to Madaki village in Biu Local Government Area, Borno State, the troops arrested the 4 suspects
The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has restated the stand of the Ministry to shut down operations at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja for 6 weeks.
Sirika made this known today when he addressed the Senate.
The Minister said the decision to shut down the airport was a good one which is in the interest of the public.
According to Sirika, there was no better time to undertake the repairs of the runway than now, as the next dry season may be too long to wait for.