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West African military chiefs meet in Abuja over Niger coup

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Military chiefs from some West African countries are currently in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital for a high-powered delegation meeting over the coup in the Republic of Niger.

The meeting, which followed the threat of military action in Niger by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), is being chaired by the chairman of ECOWAS military chief, General Christopher Musa.

The chiefs who have so far arrived in the country include those of Togo, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal, Liberia, Guinea, Gambia, Cote d’Ivoire, Cape Verde and the Republic of Benin.

On Sunday, ECOWAS gave the Nigerien coupists one-week ultimatum to restore democratic order in the country or risk military action.

President Mohammed Bazoum was detained in his palace last Wednesday by the nation’s Presidential Guard.

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