Nigerian Armed Forces Yet To Receive Order For Military Intervention In Niger Republic – Spokesman


Contrary to the reports making the rounds in the media that the Armed Forces of Nigeria, AFN is assembling its forces for military action in the Republic of Niger, the Armed Forces of Nigeria is yet to receive any order from the appropriate authority to commence military action against the Military Junta in Niger.

The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brigadier General Tukur Gusau who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday recalled that some members of the Republic of Niger Armed Forces seized power from a democratically elected government through unconstitutional means.

Gusau observed that in reaction to this illegal takeover of government, the ECOWAS Heads of Government met and a series of options were reached on how to intervene in the crisis.

Insisting that the Military option was the last option to be taken in case every other option fails to reverse the situation and return the Government of the Republic of Niger to constitutional order, he added that at the moment, “ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff is currently holding an extraordinary meeting in Abuja to discuss the political situation in Republic of Niger and submit their plans to the committee of Heads of States and Government of ECOWAS for consideration.”

“In conclusion, the Armed Forces of Nigeria cannot proceed on any operation in any of the member states of ECOWAS without the mandate from the Authority of Heads of States and Government”, he further stated.

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