The presidency of Niger claimed on the social media site X, formerly known as Twitter, that members of the presidential guard appeared to try a coup, warning that the army was prepared to attack them if they persisted.
After news organizations cited security sources as indicating that the guards were detaining Bazoum inside the presidential palace in the nation’s capital, Niamey, it was reported that the president and his family were in good health.
As they attempted to reach the presidential complex, members of the presidential guard scattered the president’s supporters.
Regional organizations responded to the power grab quickly. An “attempted coup d’etat” was denounced by the African Union (AU) and the West African ECOWAS group. While the AU ordered the “felon” soldiers implicated in the conspiracy to immediately return to their barracks, ECOWAS pleaded with the conspirators to release Bazoum.
Nigerian president and ECOWAS chair Bola Tinubu stated that he was already in “close consultation” with other regional leaders over the situation. The power grab was denounced by the United States, France, the European Union, and the UN as well.
A group of soldiers emerged on national television a short time after the news of the president’s incarceration to declare that they had overthrown the government.
Colonel-Major Amadou Abdramane, a spokesman for the Niger army, declared that “the defense and security forces… have decided to put an end to the regime you are familiar with.” He declared that the country’s borders were shut, there was a nationwide curfew in effect, and all national institutions had been put on hold.