- It appears the Republic of Guinea, that has long been beset by political instability is facing a new crisis
- The West African country's president, Alpha Conde was on Sunday, September 5, detained by Special forces soldiers
- Guinea's long-serving president was said to have been ousted from the seat of power
A report by Reuters indicates that the president of the Republic of Guinea, Alpha Conde has been arrested and detained by soldiers after his government was overthrown.
The arrest of the country's leader is coming after army putschists in Guinea on Sunday, September 5, staged a coup in the West African nation.
According to military sources, Conde was taken to an undisclosed location under the command of a Guinean Army Colonel, Mamady Doumbouya.
Leadership citing a video sent to AFP by the soldiers showed Conde in a rumpled-looking shirt sitting while surrounded by troops.
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In the video, Condeo was seen refusing to answer a question from a soldier about whether he was being mistreated in any way.
The 83-year-old's popularity has plummeted since he sought a third term last year.
President Alpha Conde's government overthrown by Guinea’s Special Forces’ leader
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Doumbouya seized control of state television and declared that President Conde’s government had been dissolved and the West African nation’s borders closed.
The announcement came after hours of heavy gunfire erupted near the presidential palace.
After seizing the airwaves, the mutinous Guinean soldiers vowed to restore democracy and gave themselves a name, "The National Committee of Gathering and Development."
Guinea: FG condemns coup d’etat, demands return to constitutional order
Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has vehemently rejected the coup d’etat in the Republic of Guinea on Sunday, September 5, which ousted Conde from the seat of power.
The federal government made its position known in a sattement shared on the Facebook page of ministry of foreign affairs, hours after heavy gunfire erupted near the presidential palace.
Condemning the coup d'état, the federal government through the spokesperson of the foreign affairsministry, Esther Sunsuwa rejected any unconstitutional change of government.