The declaration was made by a group of soldiers on national television in the evening of 26 July. Reading from a statement, Colonel Major Amadou Abdramane, flanked by nine other officers, confirmed that Niger’s land and air borders would be closed ‘until the situation has stabilised’.
He added that a nationwide curfew was declared and that the constitution and all institutions of the republic were to be suspended. The soldiers also warned against any foreign intervention in response to the coup.
The nighttime curfew will take effect from 10pm until 5am local time until further notice.
President Bazoum, elected in 2021, is believed to be held in the Presidential Palace in the capital of Niamey. A previous coup was staged in March 2021 following the election – again, by elements of the Nigerien military.
Remain indoors and stay vigilant
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has recommended that visitors currently in the country should ‘remain vigilant and monitor travel advice’, and stated that UK nationals should ‘remain indoors’ at the present time.
The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to most of Niger, and all travel at all within the province of Agadez; the northern halves of Tahoua and Tillabéri; all areas north of the city of Abalak, including the Aïr Massif region; areas within 40km of the borders with Burkina Faso and Nigeria; and the Parc du W, plus the contiguous Dosso and Tamou hunting zones.
In neighbouring Nigeria, AXA recently opened a new healthcare centre.