“Anap Jets” charter Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy with Nigerian registration 5N-BTX | 0641D5 landed some minutes ago in Niamey from Lagos via Zinder, southeastern part of Niger.

TOWN CRIER reported yesterday that an aircraft with the registration TC-MKA and the designation “Bon Air” Air Ambulance Cessna 550 Citation Bravo also arrived in Niamey, the capital of Niger. The aircraft arrived from Istanbul, Turkey, with a stopover in Sfax, Tunisia.

Over 12,000 Nigerian Soldiers To Participate in Attack Against Niger:

The ECOWAS intervention force will consist of 25,000 soldiers from Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, Senegal, and Benin. Among these soldiers, half of them, including the joint force commander, will be Nigerians. This information is sourced from RFI, which cites diplomatic and security sources.

RFI (Radio France Internationale) is a French news and current affairs public radio station that broadcasts worldwide in French and sixteen other languages.

Meanwhile the African Union has also issued a 15-day ultimatum to the leadership of the Nigerien military, demanding the reinstatement of the ousted president. However, the Russian backed Wagner Mercenaries have established an office in Niger and plans to deploy a limited contingent there. Their primary objective is to “protect the capital.”

The deadline set by the African Union will expire on August 13.

15 ADDITIONAL UPDATES on Niger-ECOWAS Imbroglio:

  • The new military leadership in Niger has ignored a deadline by West African regional bloc to reinstate the ousted president.
  • Country has shut its airspace and deployed troops to strategic areas, including border regions.
  • Niger’s leadership say armed forces and the population are “ready to defend the integrity” of the country.
  • The leaderships of Burkina Faso and Mali have promised to come to the aid of Niger in case of a military intervention.
  • French minister says there is an “extraordinary alignment” between Western and African nations to condemn what has happened in Niger.
  • Nigeria has terminated its supply of electricity to Niger.
  • Negotiations underway, as ECOWAS is expected to send a new delegation.
  • The United States is expected to send an emissary for talks with Niger’s military leadership.
  • Several thousand ECOWAS soldiers are expected to be mobilized, in case of a military operation.
  • Russia has advised against military intervention on Niger.
  • Mali and Burkina Faso declared that they would go to war on the side of Niger, if ECOWAS carry out a military intervention against Niger.
  • Air France has announced the suspension of flights to Burkina Faso and Mali.
  • Burkina Faso and Mali are now sending a delegation to Niamey (#Niger), led by the Malian Minister of State, Minister of Territorial Administration and Government Spokesperson.
  • According to Burkina Faso and Mali, the objective of their delegation to Niamey is “to show the solidarity of the two countries with the brother people of Niger.”
  • The French government has suspended its aids to Niger.

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