Young people in Niamey, Niger’s capital, have taken matters into their own hands by creating vigilante groups in a rare display of civic involvement. This preemptive approach comes as the country braces itself for possible military intervention by neighboring countries, all with the goal of deposing the newly created junta.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) deadline for the junta to restore normalcy in the country expired on Sunday.
In a worrying turn of events, Niger’s democratically elected President, Mohamed Bazoum, remains in military captivity. This regrettable circumstance arose following his removal in a military coup staged by the newly constituted junta on July 26.
A dpa correspondent in the nation recently reported that vigilante groups have taken matters into their own hands by constructing road checks at various roundabouts during the night. These groups have been witnessed scrutinizing automobiles passing through checkpoints.
According to recent reports, the individuals involved in the aforementioned incident are believed to be affiliated with support committees that have previously orchestrated demonstrations in support of Niger’s new military leaders, led by General Abdourahmane Tchiani, who was once President Bazoum’s head bodyguard.
In a recent development, Niger’s military rulers took a crucial step by sealing the country’s airspace. This action should serve as a warning to anyone considering violating the airspace, as military authorities have stated that such activities will be met with a prompt and harsh response.
The military rulers just declared the closing of the country’s airspace to all planes until further notice. According to an official statement, this judgment will have substantial repercussions for domestic aviation travel.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a regional body comprised of 15 West African countries, has purportedly issued an ultimatum to the junta. ECOWAS issued this ultimatum last Sunday, signaling a critical juncture in the continuing situation.
The organization’s military chiefs recently drafted a blueprint for potential military intervention. (NAN)