Three people were arrested in Ghana, believed to have been amassing makeshift bombs, weapons and computer equipment in a plot targeting the presidency, authorities said police foiled a suspected coup. (Image: Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo).
The Information Ministry announced the men were taken into custody after 15 months of surveillance during which they tried to obtain weapons from military personnel and secure funding “for the purpose of taking over the reins of government”.
Reportedly Nigeria President Buhari reacted upon the information about the attempted coup, underlining that democracy is “only acceptable” form of governance.
The head of Sudan military council General Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf declared his resignation after a short period of leadership. His speech was broadcasted on state television channel. Some experts regard it as the second coup d’état in two days. General Auf has been replaced by General of Armed Forces Abd al Fatah Burhan.
Incumbent President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir was overthrown and arrested in a coup d’état by the military, but protesters came to the streets demanding the army the peaceful transition of power to civilians.
The President Bashir (75) was arrested by military after months of demonstrations against his rule protracted for three decades rule.
In an address on state television, Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, announced the presidential elections will be organised ater a two-year period of military rule.
Auf explained Bashir was being detained in a “safe place” and a military council would now run the country, but he did not reveal the names of the military to ascend to the positions.
The situation in Gabon is “under control” following an attempted military coup, a spokesman for the government said.
All five of military who attempted to seize power have been arrested by the authorities.
The junior officers claimed they took part in the coup “to restore democracy” in oil-rich Gabon, where the President’s family has ruled for half-a-century.
“The situation is calm. The gendarmes who are often stationed there have taken control of the entire area around the radio and TV headquarters, so everything is back to normal”, said Guy-Bertrand Mapangou. a government official.
Many experts noticed that the coup took place immediately after the US President Trump sent troops to Libreville to assist American citizens in case of deterioration of the situation in neighboring Congo.
AMENDED: Security forces have been deployed in the capital and will remain there over the coming days in order to maintain order, he said.
The elite Republican Guard was deployed around the presidential building and armored vehicles blocked access to the area.
Reportedly Gabon President Ali Bongo suffered a stroke, and is in treatment in one of Morocco clinics since November last year. There have been no official information notices about the state of his health ever since. The insecurity caused by the secrecy surrounding the whereabouts and condition of the President contributed to the destabilization of the situation.
AMENDMENT: ‘The EU is closely following the developments regarding the attempted coup d’etat in Gabon. In these critical moments, it is fundamental that all actors refrain from violence and respect the principles of the rule of law and democracy that should allow for the organisation of an open and inclusive national dialogue’ European External Actions Service (EEAS) spokesperson said.
The Joseph Kabila government confirmed they are well aware, that the Catholic church had identified Mr. Fayulu as the winner. Kikaya Bin Karubi, a diplomatic adviser to the President Kabila, said in an interview on Friday that the governing coalition party was “aware” that the church had “chosen to publish the winning candidate as Martin Fayulu.”
Barnabe Kikaya bin Karubi, a senior adviser to President Kabila, has already said internet and SMS services were cut to preserve public order after “fictitious results” began circulating on social media.
Donatien Nshole the secretary-general of the church’s bishops’ conference, known as Cenco, said its vote tallies showed a clear victor in election. “The announcement of voting trends by Priest Nshole is likely to brainwash the population while preparing an insurrection that Cenco alone will be responsible for” wrote in a letter to the priest the president of the election commission.
It was at the request of the bishops that the meeting took place this afternoon at the Palais de la Nation, seat of the presidency, in the commune of Gombe in Kinshasa. Representatives of the Catholic Church have warned the Congolese head of state against any attempt at a constitutional coup d’etat, vairous media claims, however, the meeting took place behind closed doors, and there is no record of the conversation released.