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Defense leaders from West Africa will meet in Nigeria

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ECOWAS, the regional group for West Africa, announced in a statement on Tuesday that its defense chiefs would convene today, Wednesday, in Abuja, Nigeria, to discuss the recent coup in the Republic of Niger.

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Recall that on Sunday, the Economic Community of West African States’ presidents threatened to use force against the junta while imposing sanctions on Niger.

They granted the junta one week to release the hostage President Bazoum.

The junta had already issued a warning that it would thwart any “plan of aggression against Niger” by Western or local powers.

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Following the summit on Sunday in Nigeria, ECOWAS said that it had “zero tolerance” for coups.

In a statement, the regional bloc threatened to “take all measures necessary to restore constitutional order” if its demands weren’t met within a week.

Military chiefs would convene “immediately” to discuss an intervention strategy and “such measures may include the use of force,” according to the statement.

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