Sunday, December 4, 2022

Army captain announces overthrow of Burkina Faso’s military government

This is the second coup witnessed by the African country since January of this year.

• September 30, 2022
Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba

Burkina Faso Army Captain Ibrahim Traore has announced the ousting of military leader Paul-Henri Damiba, dissolution of the government and suspension of the constitution and transitional charter. 

Mr Traore announced the coup in a statement on national television on Friday evening, saying a group of officers decided to remove Mr Damiba over his inability to deal with a worsening Islamist insurgency.

Mr Traore announced that the country’s borders were now closed indefinitely and that all political and civil society activities were suspended. More than 40 per cent of Burkina Faso is outside government control. 

On Friday morning, multiple reports noted soldiers on the streets and heavy gunfire near the main military camp and residential areas of Burkina Faso’s capital. Explosions were also heard near the presidential palace.

This is the second coup seen by the African country since January. On January 22, police in the capital Ouagadougou clashed with protesters at a banned protest over the government’s handling of its insecurity concerns which it has battled since 2015.

On January 24, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore was arrested by soldiers after gunshots were heard near his private residence.

In February, Coup leader Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba was inaugurated as president on February 16 and in March, the military junta signed a charter establishing a three-year transition period before the country would hold its elections.

Last week, Mr Damiba travelled to New York where he addressed the United Nations General Assembly, defending his January coup as “an issue of survival for our nation,” even if it was ”perhaps reprehensible” to the international community.

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

England vs Senegal


Qatar 2022: England’s Three Lions devour Teranga Lions of Senegal to reach World Cup quarterfinals

Two first half goals from Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane and another in the second half by Bukayo Saka secured England’s spot in the quarterfinals.

A composite of Atiku Abubakar and Dubai city used to illustrate the story


I may not patronise Nigerian hospitals if elected president: Atiku

Peter Obi of the Labour Party said he would use Nigerian doctors if elected president, adding that available facilities would be improved to meet global standards.

Kwankwaso and Atiku

Hot news Home top

Atiku should lower fees at his university if he’s serious about education in Nigeria: Kwankwaso

Mr Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Kwankwaso and Peter Obi of the Labour Party are among the presidential candidates taking part in today’s dialogue.

A composite of Bandits and Gambo Isah used to illustrate the story.

Heading 5

Bandits shoot imam, abduct 19 worshipers inside Katsina mosque; police rescue six

The incident was first reported by resident witnesses who said that the attackers had injured and shot the chief imam and one other worshipper during prayers.

A composite of Femi Falana, Recoloured notes and President Muhammadu Buhari used to illustrate the story.


Naira Recolouring: Buhari regime breached Constitution, says Femi Falana

Mr Falana argued that the Constitution requires Mr Buhari to present a Money Bill for the withdrawal of funds that will be used to print the recoloured notes