ECOWAS

Niger: ECOWAS military chiefs to meet in Ghana amid unrest

According to Ghana’s army spokesperson, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) military chiefs will meet on Thursday and Friday in Accra, Ghana, amid concerns over a potential military intervention in the Republic of Niger.

Initially, ECOWAS member nations considered launching a military campaign against the coup plotters in Niger.

During a special summit, the chiefs of state of the bloc had instructed a military force to be ready to restore constitutional order.
However, they insisted that efforts should still be made to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

Recall that following the coup in Niger, the ECOWAS defense ministers and military commanders previously convened last week.

They formed deployment strategies after giving the putschists a deadline.

Among the 15 ECOWAS members, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, and Benin declared their willingness to provide troops in the event of an intervention.

NAN reports that Guinea, Burkina Faso, and Mali, which were suspended from regional bloc after their coups, as is Niger now, want to support the junta in Niger militarily in the event of an intervention.

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