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“We’ll punish you,” ECOWAS threatens Niger Coupists again

“We’ll punish you,” ECOWAS threatens Niger Coupists again

Almost a week after Niger Republic Coup leaders flatly rejected ECOWAS “order” to restore democracy in the Sahel nation, the regional bloc seems not to be tired of issuing further threats.

Speaking today on ChannelsTV, Ambassador Abdel-Fatau Musah, the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, said the Coupists must be punished if they kill ousted President Mohamed Bazoum.

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The military junta has threatened to kill President Bazoum should ECOWAS intervened with the use if force.

According to Musah, the junta has denied the Bazoum and his son food and access to medication.

“We are going there, if need be, to rescue President Bazoum who is living in very terrible conditions today. He is being denied medical attention, he’s being denied even access to his usual food.

“His son, who is also in detention, has lost so many kilos already. They are being held in these inhumane conditions and we cannot just sit back idle and depend on the goodwill of these people who are disrupting the democratic process in the country.

“Yesterday’s communique also made it very clear that this junta will pay dearly if anything happens to the safety, security, or physical integrity of Bazoum, his family, or members of his government. That was clearly done.

“We are not going to hold back because they are holding the president hostage. If they dare, if they should harm in any way, then they are going to pay very dearly for that. So, this is a tactic.”

Heads of State in the regional bloc assembled on Thursday for an extraordinary summit in Abuja. They dismissed without concrete plan of actions, but had said the option of military force was still on the table.

Jude Ogbonna

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