Ousted Niger President Bazoum detained after alleged escape try – JURIST

The army authorities in Niger claimed Friday that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum tried to flee his residence. Bazoum is now being held in an undisclosed location following the alleged escape try.

Bazoum has been underneath home arrest since a military coup overthrew his authorities on July 26, 2023. In keeping with a report launched by the Nationwide Council for the Safety of the Fatherland (CNSP), Bazoum, his household, his two cooks and his safety components tried to flee the residence at round 3 AM. Their alleged plan was to flee to an unmarked automobile that will transport them to a hideout within the Tchangearey district within the northern outskirts of Nimey. From there, the group was presupposed to take helicopters, allegedly belonging to a overseas energy, to Bimi Kebbi in Nigeria. Talking on a television broadcast concerning the occasions, Colonel Main Amadou Abdramane claimed that army forces apprehended the group, stating that “the robust response of the defence and safety forces thwarted this plan.”

Whereas Bazoum’s legal professionals deny the escape accusations, the CNSP said that a few of the folks concerned had been arrested and confirmed that an investigation has been opened into the occasion. Abdramane added that Bazoum’s “irresponsible angle” was an try “to destabilise our nation” by escaping to Nigeria.

The army coup in Niger has been extensively condemned, drawing concern from the UN about Bazoum’s security all through the transition in authorities. After years of energy struggles and coups, Bazoum was the primary democratically elected president in Niger in 2021. Following the occasions of July, Bazoum has refused to resign from his place regardless of being held captive by army authorities.

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