The ousted President of Gabon, Ali Bongo, has cried out to his “international friends” and his supporters around the world to come to his aid after the recent military coup that led to his removal as president.
Ali Bongo who looked extremely perturbed was seen in what appeared to be his home talking directly to the camera and trying to give an account of what just transpired in his country.
“I am Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon and I am to send a message to all the friends that we have all over the world to make noise … to make noise for the people here have arrested me and my family.
My son is somewhere, my wife is in another place and I am at the residence. Right now, I am at the residence and nothing is happening and I don’t know what is going, and I am asking you to make noise, to make noise, to make noise and I am thanking you, thank you.”
Few hours after announcing they had overthrown the government, the coup leaders confirmed the ousted president has been placed under house arrest.
“President Ali Bongo is under house arrest, surrounded by his family and doctors,” they said in a statement read out on state TV.
Bongo’s son and close adviser, Noureddin Bongo Valentin, his chief of staff, Ian Ghislain Ngoulou, as well as his deputy, two other presidential advisers and the two top officials in the ruling Gabonese Democratic Party “have been arrested,” a military leader said.
They are accused of treason, embezzlement, corruption and falsifying the president’s signature, among other allegations, he said.
VIDEO: Please help me, ousted Gabonese President Ali Bongo begs
President of Gabon, Ali Bongo, on Wednesday, reached out to all International friends to come to his aid after he was arrested due to the recent military coup happening in Gabon.
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