In a recent announcement aired on national television late Sunday, the leaders of the coup in Niger have declared their intention to bring charges of alleged treason and endangerment of national security against the deposed President, Mohamed Bazoum. The statement, delivered by Colonel-Major Amadou Abdramane, the spokesperson for the junta, outlined their plans to prosecute Bazoum for what they termed “high treason and undermining both internal and external security of Niger.”
Colonel Major Amadou Abdramane also expressed concern over a misinformation campaign directed at the coup leaders, suggesting that this campaign was designed to disrupt potential peaceful resolutions and create justification for military intervention under the banner of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
In response to the coup, ECOWAS has levied sanctions against Niger and has kept the possibility of employing force against the military officers responsible for toppling the democratically elected President Bazoum on July 26th. In a move to address the crisis, the regional bloc authorized the deployment of a “standby force to restore constitutional order” in Niger. It’s important to note that ECOWAS is actively dedicated to finding a diplomatic resolution to the ongoing situation.
Since the coup, Mohamed Bazoum, along with his wife and adult son, have been held at the presidential residence in Niamey. The detention conditions of the ousted President’s family have raised international concern.