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  • Updated: August 02, 2023

Niger Coup: West African Military Chiefs Meet In Abuja

Niger Coup: West African Military Chiefs Meet In Abuja

ECOWAS Headquarters, Abuja

For a high-level delegation meeting to discuss the current activities of military juntas in the Republic of Niger, military chiefs from some West African nations have arrived at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.

According to media sources, the seats allocated to Mali, Guinea Bissau, Niger and Burkina Faso military chiefs are currently vacant.

The military leaders from Togo, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Gambia, Cote'Divoire, Cabo Verde, and the Republic of Benin are now on the ground.

Gen. Christopher Musa, the head of the ECOWAS military, is presiding over the meeting.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has given those behind the Niger coup a week to reestablish democratic rule or face military intervention on Sunday.

The nation's Presidential Guard last Wednesday imprisoned Nigerien President Mohammed Bazoum inside his palace.

General Abdourahamane Tchiani, the head of the presidential guard, was named as the next leader of the nation on Friday.

Since 2011, Tchiani has served as the head of the Presidential Guard. He claimed that the military staged the coup in reaction to "the degradation of the security situation" brought on by terrorist violence. 

In response to ECOWAS' threat to use force if the seven-day ultimatum was not met, the Niger military warned of "the consequences that will follow from any foreign military intervention," saying "certain dignitaries are thinking of confrontation," which "will end in nothing but the massacre of the Nigerien population and chaos". 

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