Togo under control after alleged coup bid: president

20/05/2009
Togo under control after alleged coup bid: president

Togo President Faure Gnassingbe said Tuesday the situation in his country was under control after a suspected coup attempt last month in which his half-brother was alleged to be involved.

"I came today to give an account of the situation and to tell him that the situation is under control," he told journalists, referring to Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua.He spoke after meeting Yar'Adua in Abuja.

Several civilians were arrested following the alleged coup, in which the president's half-brother Kpatcha Gnassingbe, a former defence minister, was arrested before he could take refuge in the US embassy.

Kpatcha was alleged to be the leader of the foiled coup.

Eighteen soldiers as well as a deputy police officer were also arrested over the same mid-April coup attempt.

"In his capacity as the chairman of ECOWAS, President Umaru Yar'adua sent a delegation headed by minister of foreign Affairs, to know about the situation but above all to express support to Togo, the government and to myself," Faure said.

ECOWAS is the Economic Community of West African States.

 

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