Niger junta makes threats to kill US’s Bazoum over military intervention

Cordinators of the Niger Republic coup reportedly promised a top US ambassador that if neighboring nations tried military action, they would kill overthrown President Mohamed Bazoum.

According to the Associated Press (AP), the junta revealed this to two western officials on Thursday , as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced the deployment of a standby force.

Associated Press says, junta members informed US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland of the threat against Bazoum during her visit to the country this week.

A former US state department official Aneliese Bernard, who specialised in African affairs, said the threats are capable of escalating tensions on all sides.

ECOWAS in a communique issued after its Thursday’s meeting in Abuja arrived at a number of decisions to address the Niger crisis.

They condemned Bazoum’s hostage condition and held the military government in Niger responsible for the safety of the detained president, his family and the democratically elected administrator.

ECOWAS agreed to monitor the implementation of the sanctions on Niger and ordered the committee of the Chief of Defence Staff to activate the ECOWAS standby force with all its elements immediately.

Bazoum was deposed on July 26 in a bloodless coup while the junta has since formed a cabinet to oversee the nation’s affairs.

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