According to reports, soldiers in Niger have surrounded various ministries and the presidential palace in the nation’s capital, Niamey.
No guns were fired, and it’s unclear if this is a coup attempt by the presidential guard.
According to the AFP, President Mohamed Bazoum is allegedly in his home with his family and talks are in progress.
The move was a “fit of temper” by the military, an unnamed insider informed the same media outlet.
There are reports insinuating that the president and mutineers are having talks.
Since gaining independence from France in 1960, the West African nation has seen four coups, making it one of the most unstable countries in the world.
Frustrations at authorities’ failure to put an end to an Islamist insurgency plaguing the Sahel region, which includes Niger, contributed to previous coups in Burkina Faso and Mali.
A military squad attempted to seize the presidential palace in Niger in March 2021, only days before Bazoum was scheduled to take office.
Muhammadu Buhari, a former president of Nigeria, called the coup attempt “utterly naive, despicable, and unacceptable.”
African leaders were exhorted by Buhari to “remain united against coups under whatever guise or form” and warned