Equatorial Guinea has declared the state of « maximum alert » for its armed forces and security on the national territory in order to « safeguard the supreme values of the motherland, » according to a statement from the Ministry of Defense.
No details on the reason for this unprecedented state of alert, which came into force on Thursday, was given by the government of Teodoro Obiang Nguema, 77, of whom 40 spent at the head of this small oil country of Central Africa.
In concrete terms, this state of alert means that all Equatorial Guinean soldiers are mobilized, details the communiqué.
Naval forces are in charge of intensifying marine patrols to ensure the safety of oil rigs as well as the control and surveillance of territorial waters.
Finally, the police and the gendarmerie will intensify their patrols while the customs services will exert a particular control on all that comes from outside the country.
Except for the kidnapping by pirates of seven sailors off the coast of the country on Wednesday, no known security incident explains the entry into force of this state of alert.
Malabo is particularly vigilant since the arrest in late 2017 of thirty armed men, accused of having attempted a coup.