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Niger Coup: ECOWAS leaders meet in Abuja for emergency summit

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Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), on Thursday met in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria for an emergency summit to deliberate over the recent coup in Niger Republic which ousted President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26.

The is coming four days after the expiration of a seven-day ultimatum ECOWAS had given to the leaders of the Niger military junta to reinstate Bazoum to power, an ultimatum the coup leaders led by Maj. Gen. Abdourahamane Tchiani refused to heed.

The Extraordinary Summit which is holding at the Presdential Villa is presided over by President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria in his capacity as the Chairman of the regional body, and will deliberate on developments in Niger Republic, particularly on the next line of actions that will follow on the resolutions and ultimatum issued to the junta and the possibility of a wide range of measures to take including economic sanctions and possible military intervention.

Present at the summit were Presidents Julius Maada Bio of Sierra-Leone; Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea Bissau; Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast; Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana; Macky Sall of Senegal; Patrice Talon of Benin and Faure Gnassingbe of Togo.

Others were Presidents Evariste Ndayishmiye of Burundi and Mohammed Ould Ghazouani of Mauritania while Gambia and Liberia are being represented by their Ministers of Foreign Affairs

ECOWAS had, during its last Extraordinary Summit on July 30, imposed a number of sanctions on the coupists, including the immediate release of Bazoum, his family and members of the government, who are all being detained by the military and his immediate reinstatement.



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