ECOWAS Invasion: “We’ll Kill Bazoum if Military Intervenes”, Niger Junta Warns West African Leaders
West African leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have been slammed with a fresh threat.
Niger Junta Threatens to Kill President Bazoum Niger’s military junta, Général Abdourahmane Tchiani has said they would kill deposed President Mohamed Bazoum if neighbouring countries attempt any military intervention to restore constitutional order in the West African country, Associated Press reported.
Daily Mail quoted two Western officials as disclosing this to a top U.S. diplomat.
This is coming a few hours after ECOWAS ordered the chief of defence staff committee to immediately activate its standby force.
According to Daily Mail, a Western military official said representatives of the junta told the U.S. Under Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, of the threat to Bazoum during her visit to the country this week. The Associated Press reported that a U.S. official confirmed that account, also speaking on condition of anonymity, because they were not authorised to speak to the media.
It will be recalled that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has ordered its Chief of Defence Staff to activate a standby force to restore constitutional order in Niger Republic following the recent military coup that took over power from ousted president Mohamed Bazoum. This was disclosed in a resolution on the Niger coup at the ECOWAS Extraordinary meeting in Abuja on Thursday, August 10. The resolution was read by the President of ECOWAS, Omar Alieu Touray. “Direct the committee of the Chief of Defence Staff to activate the ECOWAS standby force with all its elements immediately.