Gabon military seizes national radio station in coup attempt


Gabon military seizes national radio station in coup attempt
FILE PHOTO: Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba addresses a meeting on climate change at the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia January 29, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

In Summary

  • According to BBC, the officers read a statement on the radio station announcing a "National Restoration Council".
  • The soldiers, while condemning President Ali Bongo's new year's speech, alluded their coup attempt as a plot "to restore democracy".
  • President Bongo, who rose to the country’s top seat in 2009, was reported ill towards late last year and received treatment in Morocco.

Military officers in Gabon early Monday morning seized the national radio station in an apparent coup attempt.

According to BBC, the officers read a statement on the radio station announcing a “National Restoration Council”.

The soldiers, while condemning President Ali Bongo’s New Year’s speech, alluded their coup attempt as a plot “to restore democracy”.

President Bongo, who rose to the country’s top seat in 2009, was reported ill towards late last year and received treatment in Morocco.

He, however, sought to put an end to the rumours about his health with a New Year message saying he was fine.

But, according to the military officers, the message was “a pitiful sight” and a “relentless attempt to cling onto power.”

International media outlets also reported tanks and armed vehicles on the streets of the capital Libreville for the better part of Monday morning.

For Citizen TV updates
Join @citizentvke Telegram channel



Video Of The Day: | WESTLANDS UNDERWORLD | Crooks, gov’t officials named in plot to grab man’s property

Avatar
Story By Agencies
More by this author