Treason: Gabon Coupists Arrest President’s Son, Many Others
By Alabidun Shuaib Abdulrahman
Noureddin Bongo Valentin, one of the sons of Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba, has been arrested on charges of “treason.”
Following this, the former president has been placed under house arrest, along with several family members.
A statement was issued on state TV, stating that President Ali Bongo is currently under house arrest, in the company of his family and medical professionals.
The events unfolded in the early hours of Wednesday, as a group of coupists nullified the results of Saturday’s election, which had initially declared Bongo as the winner.
These coupists went on to dissolve various key institutions of the republic, including the parliament, and enacted the closure of Gabon’s borders.
They explained that their actions were executed in the interest of the security and defence forces of the central African nation.
In connection to the coup, several arrests were made, including Noureddin Bongo Valentin, who is also a close adviser to his father.
Ian Ghislain Ngoulou, Bongo’s chief of staff, his deputy, two additional presidential advisers, and the top officials of the ruling Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG) were among those arrested.
The military leadership has leveled accusations against them, ranging from treason and embezzlement to corruption and forging the president’s signature, among other allegations.