Dethroned Niger President Bazoum’s Wife, Son Released From House Arrest

By Damilare Adeleye

The wife of Deposed President Mohammad Bazoum of Niger Republic and son have been released from house arrest.

In a statement by Nigereen'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.

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

Tuggar, who is also the Chairperson of the Mediation and Security Council of ECOWAS, 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.