The leaders of the coup in Niger have accused France of amassing military forces, weapons, and equipment in several neighboring Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS member states, with the intention of launching a “military intervention.”
Major Amadou Abdramane, the junta’s spokesperson, who made this assertion, said France is continuing to deploy its forces in various West African countries as part of ECOWAS preparations for an aggression against Niger.
According to Abdramane, the former colonial master has sent military aircraft, helicopters, and 40 armored vehicles to French speaking countries in the region — Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Benin Republic.
According to France 24, the junta spokeperson said: “France continues to deploy its forces in several ECOWAS countries as part of preparations for an aggression against Niger. Military cargo aircraft have enabled large quantities of war material and equipment to be unloaded in Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Benin, to name but a few.”
The French government’s refusal to recognize the legitimacy of Niger’s military leaders, who ousted President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26, has led to tensions and disputes over military cooperation agreements and the presence of French forces in Niger.
The United States, another countries that has troops in the West African region is also taking precautions by relocating some of its troops from Niger’s capital of Niamey to Agadez.
There are have been anti-Fremch sentimental since the military junta overthrew the country’s democratically elected government and a lot of citizens are backing the new leaders, as well as calling for France to completely leave the West African country.