23.1 C

Soldiers overthrow military government in Burkina Faso




SOLDIERS in Burkina Faso have overthrown the military leader Paul-Henri Damiba, and suspended the constitution and transitional charter following a coup on Friday.

In a statement he read on national television yesterday, army captain Ibrahim Traore noted that some soldiers, who assisted Damiba in the coup which brought him into power in January, had decided that he could no longer keep the country safe.


Return to constitutional order is promised by coup leader in Burkina Faso

Turkey detains 47 soldiers over 2016 failed coup

Africa records 21 coup attempts in eight years

“Faced with the deteriorating situation, we tried several times to get Damiba to refocus the transition on the security question,” the statement read.

- Advertisement -

The new military government announced that the borders had been closed and it had imposed a curfew from 9pm to 5am.

Before the announcement, heavy gunfire had been heard near the military camp and residential areas of the country’s capital, Ougadougou.

The national television station had also stopped broadcasting and was showing a blank screen saying, ‘no video signal’, sparking fears of an imminent coup among residents.

The Damiba-led government had taken over power in January after overthrowing the country’s president, Rich Kabore.

Damiba had promised to tackle security challenges facing the country upon assuming office, but political tension had continued to increase, along with activities of a militant group linked to Al-Queda.

Author profile

Ijeoma Opara is a journalist with The ICIR. Reach her via vopara@icirnigeria.org or @ije_le on Twitter.

Support the ICIR

We invite you to support us to continue the work we do.

Your support will strengthen journalism in Nigeria and help sustain our democracy.


If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Support the ICIR

We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.



Student critic apologises to Aisha Buhari, deactivates social media accounts

A STUDENT Aminu Adamu has apologised to the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari,...

No elected federal official, appointee will earn more than civil servants – Peter Obi

LABOUR Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has said no federal public servant, including...

Naira redesign: Presidential endorsement not sufficient to legitimise process – Falana

HUMAN rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has faulted the recent endorsement of the naira redesign...

ECOWAS to get new complex in Abuja by 2025

NIGERIAN President Muhammadu Buhari has laid the foundation of the new ECOWAS Headquarters Complex...

2023: Peter Obi promises to increase power generation to 25,000mw by 2025

LABOUR Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has promised to increase the country's power...

Most Read


Subscribe to our newsletter