Attempted coup in Guinea-Bissau; Ecowas concerned

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has raised grave concerns about an attempted coup d’etat in Guinea-Bissau.

Gunshots were heard around the presidency on Tuesday afternoon with reports rife that the country’s President, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, has been put under house arrest.

Pictures making rounds show lifeless bodies of security guards near the presidential palace.

The Ecowas Commission has since condemned the incident, calling it an “attempted coup d’etat”.

“ECOWAS condemns this attempted coup d’etat and considers the military responsible for the physical integrity of President Umaro Sissoco Embalo and the members of his government,” the Commission said in a short statement on Tuesday.

“ECOWAS calls on the military to return to the caves and to maintain a republican stance.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

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