Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou has said his government has foiled a plot to overthrow him. Mr Issoufou said the plotters planned to use “aerial firepower” to unseat him, in comments made on state TV.
He was elected in 2011, bringing to an end years of military rule. Niger has seen several coups since becoming independent in 1960. Tensions are high ahead of next year’s presidential election, which Mr Issoufou is favourite to win.
“The government has just foiled an evil attempt at destabilisation,” he said. “The objective of these individuals, motivated by I don’t know what, was to overthrow the democratically elected power.”
An investigation has been launched to identify those responsible and possible accomplices, he added. At least four senior military officials have been arrested, but no official reason has been given for their detention. Read more