ECOWAS mandates an immediate force standby against the Niger junta

ECOWAS has ordered its contingency force to restore constitutional order in Nigeria.

The ECOWAS President, Omar Alieu Touray, made the statement while reading the ECOWAS resolution on the rebellion in Niger at Thursday’s ECOWAS Extraordinary meeting in Abuja.

It also urged the African Union, AU, partner nations and institutions to support the subregional body’s resolution.

ECOWAS stated that all attempts at dialogue with the military junta of the Niger Republic were rebuffed by coup leaders, who condemned the continued detention of President Mohamed Bazoum and his family.

The resolution states in part, "Direct the committee of the Chief of Defense Staff to promptly activate the ECOWAS standby force with all of its elements.

"Direct the deployment of the ECOWAS reserve force to restore constitutional order in the Republic of Niger.

“Reiterate its unwavering dedication to restoring constitutional order through peaceful means.”