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Abdulsalami, Sultan storm Niger for last-minute talks with coup leaders

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as Mali, Burkina Fasso deploy war planes to support junta

A delegation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) yesterday launched into a last ditch meeting with the coupists in Niger Republic to stave off the planned military intervention in that country by ECOWAS.

The delegation which was led by former Nigeria military head of state,General Abdulsalami Abubakar met with the  junta leader, General Abdourahamane Tchiani.

It was also allowed access to the detained President Mohammed Bazoum who is being held along with his family in the basement of the Presidential palace in Niamey.

Yesterday’s meeting came amidst reports of the delivery of war planes to the junta by Mali and Burkina Faso to confront the troops being readied by the ECOWAS to restore democracy in that country.

The donation of the Super Tucano jets is said to be a show of solidarity by the military regimes in Bamako and Ouagadougou with the embattled soldiers in Niger.

“Mali and Burkina Faso turned their commitments into concrete action by deploying warplanes to respond to any attack on Niger,” the television station said on Friday.

Burkina Faso and Mali had  issued a statement of support for the Gen. Abdourahamane Tchiani regime against the planned ECOWAS military operation to alter the course of the coup in Niger.Burkina Faso and Mali had  issued a statement of support for the Gen. Abdourahamane Tchiani regime against the planned ECOWAS military operation to alter the course of the coup in Niger.

They warned that any intervention would be seen as a declaration of war against Burkina Faso and Mali.