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Niger: Bazoum, wife, son released from house arrest

Ousted Nigerien President Mohammad Bazoum, his wife and son have been released from house arrest.

 

According to a statement by Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar, on Tuesday, Bazoum’s wife and the son were released after months of being held under house arrest.

 

The Nigerien President and members of his family were committed to house by the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland, the ruling military junta in Niger after he was overthrown July 26 last year.

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs has commended the release of former Niger leader.

 

Tuggar, who also doubles as the Chairperson of the Mediation and Security Council of the Economic Community of West African States, said “it is a logical step in bringing normalcy back to the country and the region in general.”

 

He reiterated the call to the government led by General Abdourahamane Tchiani to hasten the release of Mohammed Bazoum from its custody and allow him to fly to a third country as a step towards further talks on lifting sanctions and to initiate the transition to constitutional rule in the interest of the people, peace and stability of Niger and the region.

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