Armed Groups Attack Nigeria’s Embassy In G’Bissau

Date: 09-10-2013 7:49 am (7 years ago) | Author: Olusola Agbaje
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ARMED groups Tuesday attacked the Nigerian embassy in Bissau, capital of Guinea-Bissau, a country of about 1.7 million people. The reason for the action is not yet known.

The event is happening just as the country is preparing for its general elections slated for next month.

Guinea-Bissau currently has an Interim President, Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo, who emerged in May 2012 to head a transitional government following the sacking of the country’s democratically-elected government by a military coup.

According to The Guardian sources, armed personnel and militias stormed the Nigerian embassy in a commando style, attacking everyone in sight and eventually causing the closure of the Nigerian sovereign outpost.

As at press time, members of staff of the embassy, including the Nigerian envoy to that country, Ambassador Ahmed Adams, were said to be taking refuge in a police station. No casualty has so far been reported.

All efforts by The Guardian to reach the Nigerian envoy to the country failed. Although his telephone rang, he did not pick.

Although the Federal Government was yet to officially react to the development yesterday, it was learnt that the supervisory Minister of Foreign Affairs 11, Ambassador Nurudeen Mohammed, rushed to the Presidential Villa yesterday ostensibly, among other things, to brief President Goodluck Jonathan. All efforts to reach the minister yesterday on the matter failed.

Events in Guinea-Bissau took a dangerous turn on April 12, 2012, when the army arrested Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Júnior who was about to be elected president. A military junta accused him of conspiring with Angola to curtail the military’s power and quickly installed transitional authorities, before officially stepping aside on May 22. International condemnation was swift, but differences developed between the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP).

The country was actually in the process of conducting elections when the military overthrew the constitutional order on April 12, 2012. This incident resulted in the suspension of the country from all international organisations. However, following the country’s inability to form a government well over a month after the coup, Nigeria, in close collaboration with ECOWAS, assisted in negotiations that resulted in the transitional government led by President Manuel Nhamadjo. Since then, Nigeria has provided various forms of assistance to Guinea- Bissau to the value of $50 million.

The Guardian learnt Tuesday that some high grade pick-up vans meant to be donated next week to Guinea-Bissau for the upcoming elections have now been put on hold following yesterday’s ugly development.

Posted: at 9-10-2013 07:49 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- Afrogotojail at 9-10-2013 08:23 AM (7 years ago)
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These small African country are now taking us for a ride
Posted: at 9-10-2013 08:23 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- merion at 9-10-2013 08:29 AM (7 years ago)
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to bad
Posted: at 9-10-2013 08:29 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ajanni at 9-10-2013 08:34 AM (7 years ago)
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na wa oooooo
even guinea bissau?
Posted: at 9-10-2013 08:34 AM (7 years ago) | Grande Master
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- banjizzy at 9-10-2013 08:43 AM (7 years ago)
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Dats show hw Well equip our security sector is in Afrika, wat a Shame to hv attakd d Embassy its mor lik a Slap to d Nation. Dis a Wake up call to all Sectors
Posted: at 9-10-2013 08:43 AM (7 years ago) | Newbie
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- ThoRam at 9-10-2013 08:53 AM (7 years ago)
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very bad  Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided  

Posted: at 9-10-2013 08:53 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Senegal at 9-10-2013 08:53 AM (7 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked
Posted: at 9-10-2013 08:53 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- ozobig at 9-10-2013 09:02 AM (7 years ago)
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ord grant us a leader to lead us to a promised land of opportunities, justice for all, good and well paying jobs, healthcare, water and electricity so that your children may return home. I do not think it is too much to ask you Lord. You did it in the days of old, it was you, who gave the children of israel wise kings like David, solomon, Moses. With your might smite all the people, the thieves and the looters who have our country a laughing stock. Pay them in like coin, condemn to death including their children and children’s children yet unborn, so that your people could be lifted up again. Lord, how can the masses be suffering in the midst of plenty?

Posted: at 9-10-2013 09:02 AM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- osamabinladin at 9-10-2013 09:08 AM (7 years ago)
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 Huh?
Posted: at 9-10-2013 09:08 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- virgineve at 9-10-2013 09:12 AM (7 years ago)
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Taking the giant of Africa for granted abi? We are watching
Posted: at 9-10-2013 09:12 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- dareper at 9-10-2013 09:34 AM (7 years ago)
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War war everywhere, u got to be ready guys
Posted: at 9-10-2013 09:34 AM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- dareper at 9-10-2013 09:35 AM (7 years ago)
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War war everywhere, u got to be ready guys
Posted: at 9-10-2013 09:35 AM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- reddish at 9-10-2013 09:40 AM (7 years ago)
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and nothing will be done
Posted: at 9-10-2013 09:40 AM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- BlueIxora at 9-10-2013 10:05 AM (7 years ago)
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So we have 50 million dollars to spend on charity yet the FG can't do something about ASUU strike? Rubbish government. Ndi oka mma na iro. Roll Eyes
Posted: at 9-10-2013 10:05 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- chik001 at 9-10-2013 10:19 AM (7 years ago)
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G' Bissau...dry land...banana republic na him dey take Naija enter stage...chai...nnaaa...ewu atanyi ji nishi...
Posted: at 9-10-2013 10:19 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ebiteck at 9-10-2013 10:47 AM (7 years ago)
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too bad
Posted: at 9-10-2013 10:47 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- PeacetoU at 9-10-2013 11:21 AM (7 years ago)
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Quote from: virgineve on  9-10-2013 09:12 AM
Taking the giant of Africa for granted abi? We are watching
Giant of Africa indeed
Posted: at 9-10-2013 11:21 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- vicklove at 9-10-2013 11:22 AM (7 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 9-10-2013 11:22 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- dickman2 at 9-10-2013 11:41 AM (7 years ago)
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wetin happen ..why this ..
Posted: at 9-10-2013 11:41 AM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Maxodus at 9-10-2013 01:11 PM (7 years ago)
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Almost every country don't like Nigerians. We live a lie. We just won't change
Posted: at 9-10-2013 01:11 PM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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