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Tragic Massacre in Kwahaslalek Village, Plateau State: Over 30 Lives Lost
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Tragic Massacre in Kwahaslalek Village, Plateau State: Over 30 Lives Lost

In a horrific turn of events, Kwahaslalek village in the Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State became the scene of a brutal massacre in the early hours of Wednesday. Gunmen attacked the village, resulting in the tragic loss of at least 30 lives, many of whom were women and children. Details of the Attack The incident occurred following unrest in Mangu town earlier on Tuesday. Fearing for their safety, many villagers, predominantly women and children, sought refuge in the house of a community leader. Tragically, it was here that the gunmen surrounded and executed them. Community Leader's Confirmation Mark Haruna, a community leader in the area, confirmed the devastating death toll in a statement to PUNCH Online from Jos, the state capital. Haruna described the previous d...
Military Complicit in Killings of Christians in Plateau State, Nigeria
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Military Complicit in Killings of Christians in Plateau State, Nigeria

In a deeply troubling development from the Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, Reverend Timothy Daluk, the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has leveled grave accusations against the Nigerian military. In a video circulated on social media platforms, Rev. Daluk alleges that the military is facilitating the killings of Christians in the region, leading to a tragic escalation of violence and property destruction. Accusations of Military Involvement Rev. Daluk passionately reports from the heart of the conflict in Mangu, asserting that the military is actively displacing Christian residents to pave the way for militia-led arson attacks. According to him, the military's imposition of a curfew is discriminatorily enforced, constraining Christian movements ...
Army Officers Announce Coup in Gabon, Overturn Election Results
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Army Officers Announce Coup in Gabon, Overturn Election Results

A group of army officers in Gabon has declared a coup, claiming to have taken power and annulling the results of the recent presidential election. The military takeover was announced on national television by twelve soldiers who appeared early on Wednesday morning. The officers disclosed that the election results were being cancelled, and all institutions of the republic were being dissolved. They also revealed that the country's borders had been closed "until further notice." The move comes after the opposition alleged that Saturday's election, which declared President Ali Bongo as the winner, was fraudulent. Bongo was reported to have won just under two-thirds of the votes, an outcome that was met with skepticism from the opposition. If this coup is successful, it will bring an end t...
ECOWAS Chair: No Option Off the Table in Niger Republic Crisis Resolution
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ECOWAS Chair: No Option Off the Table in Niger Republic Crisis Resolution

President Bola Tinubu, Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has asserted that no option is off the table, including the use of force as a last resort, in the efforts to resolve the ongoing crisis in Niger Republic. The Chairman made these remarks during the closing of an ECOWAS summit held in Abuja, Nigeria. Tinubu, speaking after the summit, highlighted that the communiqué issued at the extraordinary summit explicitly outlines that all options, including the use of force as a last resort, are being considered. He emphasized the significance of ECOWAS taking the lead in finding a solution to the crisis and stated that if the bloc doesn't act decisively, no one else will. Tinubu underscored ECOWAS's unwavering commitment to supporting Niger in its pursuit ...
Former Rebel Leader Launches Resistance Movement Against Niger’s Military Junta
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Former Rebel Leader Launches Resistance Movement Against Niger’s Military Junta

A former rebel leader and prominent political figure in Niger Republic has launched a new rebel movement, signaling the first internal opposition to the military government that came into power through a coup on July 26. The emergence of this resistance movement, known as the Council of Resistance for the Republic (CRR), is a significant development in the ongoing political crisis in this strategically important Sahel nation. The leader of the CRR, Rhissa Ag Boula, stated that the primary objective of the movement is to restore President Mohamed Bazoum to power. President Bazoum, who was democratically elected, has been held under house arrest since the military takeover. Ag Boula's announcement underscores the increasing resistance to the junta's rule and sets the stage for potential ...
ECOWAS Emergency Summit Convenes Amid Niger Coup Crisis
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ECOWAS Emergency Summit Convenes Amid Niger Coup Crisis

Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are set to gather for an emergency summit on Thursday to address the ongoing crisis sparked by the military coup in Niger. The coup, which took place two weeks ago, led to the toppling of President Mohamed Bazoum's government. While ECOWAS seeks a diplomatic solution to the situation, it has not ruled out the possibility of using force to resolve the crisis. The emergency summit, scheduled to be held in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, is expected to yield significant decisions aimed at restoring democratic governance in Niger, according to a statement released by the 15-nation organization on Tuesday. The summit comes after the military leaders in Niger defied an ultimatum given by ECOWAS to reinstate President Bazoum within...
Niger: Nigeria Disconnects its 150MW Power Supply as ECOWAS Seeks to Restore Democracy
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Niger: Nigeria Disconnects its 150MW Power Supply as ECOWAS Seeks to Restore Democracy

As part of efforts by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to restore democracy in Niger, Nigeria has disconnected the supply of 150 megawatts (MW) of electricity daily to its neighboring country. The disconnection was carried out by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), responsible for transmitting power, on Tuesday night. The Managing Director/CEO of TCN, Engr. Sule Abdulaziz, has not yet responded to media inquiries, but an anonymous source within the organization confirmed the disconnection. The source stated, "It is true Niger was disconnected from the national grid last night based on the instruction of the government. Nigeria used to supply 150 megawatts of power to Niger. It is a total disconnection in line with ECOWAS moves to restore democracy in that c...
UK Backs ECOWAS Position on Niger Coup
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UK Backs ECOWAS Position on Niger Coup

The United Kingdom has declared its support for the position taken by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regarding the military coup in Niger Republic, which resulted in the overthrow of President Mohamed Bazoum. The coup plotters have been given a seven-day ultimatum by ECOWAS Heads of State to restore President Bazoum to power or face military action. UK Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly, conveyed the UK's stance after an audience with President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He commended ECOWAS' decisive action, strong commitment to democracy, and the unambiguous message that violence is not an acceptable means to bring about political change. Cleverly recognized President Bazoum as the legitimate leader and expressed the UK's unwavering commitment...
ECOWAS Defence Chiefs Convene Extraordinary Meeting to Address Niger Coup
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ECOWAS Defence Chiefs Convene Extraordinary Meeting to Address Niger Coup

The Chief of Defence Staff of Nigeria, General Christopher Gwabim Musa, led his counterparts from 10 ECOWAS countries in an extraordinary meeting to address the recent coup d'état in the Republic of Niger. During the meeting, held in Abuja, General Musa emphasized the need for a united response from the military in the region to restore democratic governance in Niger. The coup, which took place on July 26, 2023, has raised serious concerns among ECOWAS member states, prompting an emergency session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government. The extraordinary meeting of defence chiefs was convened to strategize on the collective mission of restoring democracy in Niger and preserving humanitarian principles across the region. See Also: UK Backs ECOWAS Position on Niger Coup ...
Defence Chiefs from 5 ECOWAS Nations Absent at Abuja Meeting
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Defence Chiefs from 5 ECOWAS Nations Absent at Abuja Meeting

A meeting of defence chiefs from ECOWAS nations held today at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja, but the gathering is conspicuously missing the presence of some key countries. Defence Chiefs from Mali, Niger, Guinea Bissau, Burkina Faso, and Guinea were noticeably absent from the meeting, while representatives from several other nations are in attendance. Present at the meeting are Defence Chiefs from Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal, The Gambia, Cote D’Ivoire, and Cape Verde. The meeting is being presided over by General Christopher Musa, the Nigeria Chief of Defence Staff. The meeting has been convened in response to the recent military coup in Niger Republic, where the Commander of Niger's Presidential Guards, General Abdourahamane Tchiani, toppled the ...