Attempted coup in Sierra Leone: One of the organizers arrested

On Tuesday December 5, the Sierra Leonean Government announced the arrest of one of the main organizers of what it described as an attempted coup d’état on November 26 and of two alleged accomplices. These arrests bring the total number of people arrested to 60, the vast majority of them military personnel.
“One of the organizers of the failed coup attempt on November 26, Amadu Koita, who was at the top of the wanted list, was arrested yesterday (Monday) at 11:30 pm” (local and GMT), Information Minister Chernor Bah told a press conference in Freetown.
Amadu Koita, a former soldier and bodyguard of Sierra Leone’s ex-president Ernest Bai Koroma, was widely followed on social networks, where he criticized the government of President Julius Maada Bio. He was sheltered by a policewoman and a policeman, who were also arrested, the spokesman said.
In the early hours of November 26, men attacked a military armory, two other barracks, two prisons, and two police stations, confronting security forces with weapons drawn.
The fighting left 21 people dead, including 14 soldiers, a policeman, a prison guard, a security guard, a woman, and three assailants, according to the Minister of Information.
Since 2020, the West African region has been marked by an increasing number of coups d’état in Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Guinea. On Saturday evening, Guinea-Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo also denounced an “attempted coup” following clashes between the Army and elements of the security forces on Thursday November 30 night.

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