President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday received at the presidential villa, the president of Benin republic, Patrice Talon.
Talon is in Abuja for a second time in nine days; he was last there on July 18 with two other co-presidents, Mohamed Bazoum of Niger and Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea-Bissau. Talon arrived at the Villa at 4:43 p.m.
The assembly was called in response to rumours that Bazoum was being held by unhappy soldiers of the special Presidential Guard, who afterwards received a “ultimatum” from the army, claims a source close to the president of the West African nation.
The Economic Community of West African States of which Tinubu is Chairman, has now condemned the “attempted coup” and urged the “plotters” to promptly and unconditionally free Bazoum.