President Ali Bongo of Gabon has been overthrown by soldiers on Monday morning, January 7, as they besieged radio stations and called on the people to “rise up.”
Several gunshots were fired in the state capital of Libreville at about 6.30am, about the same time the messages were aired on radio.
Security operatives used military vehicles to block access areas to the boulevard where the offices are located.
Cyber Reporters understand that the situation was heightened as Bongo who suffered stroke recently continues to recuperate somewhere in Rabat, the Moroccan capital.
According to a person who identified himself as Lieutenant Ondo Obiang Kelly, the deputy commander of the Republican Guard and head of a previously unknown group, while speaking on radio, he announced that a “national restoration council” would be formed immediately.
Obiang Kelly who is also a member of the Patriotic Youth Movement of the Gabonese Defence and Security Forces (MPJFDS) calls on all young people from forces for the defence and security and Gabonese young people to join us,” the officer said.
He continued: “We cannot abandon our homeland,” the officer said.
“The eagerly awaited day has arrived when the army has decided to put itself on the side of the people in order to save Gabon from chaos.
“If you are eating, stop; if you are having a drink, stop; if you are sleeping, wake up. Wake up your neighbours… rise up as one and take control of the street,” he said.
Ali Bongo was elected head of state after his father’s death in 2009.
He was narrowly re-elected in 2016 following a presidential poll marred by deadly violence and allegations of fraud.