Captain Sani Gourouza, the man who allegedly carried out the coup attempt on 31 March 2021, has been caught by the Nigerien police, thanks to collaboration between Beninese and Nigerien security authorities.
Captain Sani Gourouza, the alleged perpetrator of the failed coup attempt in Niger, was finally arrested on the run. The fugitive was arrested in Benin on Monday by the Republican Police, who handed him over to the Nigerien authorities. Since the events of 30 and 31 March, the captain, who was stationed at the 101 air base in Niamey, has vanished into thin air, forcing the Nigerien police and gendarmerie to issue an arrest warrant against him.
As Niger prepared for the inauguration of its new President, Mohamed Bazoum, heavy and light gunfire was heard at around 3am near the Presidency and the Foreign Ministry in Niamey. Soldiers coming from Niamey’s 101 airbase attacked an advanced post of the presidential guard, which vigorously returned fire, forcing the attackers to retreat. In their attempt to retreat, some of them were arrested. Later in the day, it was learned that this was a foiled coup attempt.
« On the night of 30 to 31 March 2021, a coup attempt was foiled and an investigation is underway. Investigations are continuing to identify and arrest the perpetrators and their accomplices in order to bring them to justice. The same applies to the internal and external sponsors. Several people linked to the coup attempt have already been arrested and others are being actively sought. The government would like to congratulate the presidential guard and other security forces for their prompt reaction, thus demonstrating their loyalty and fidelity to the Republic, » government spokesman Zakaria Abdourahamane told the press.
The outgoing and incoming Presidents of Niger had unanimously condemned the attempt, promising to do everything possible to apprehend and punish the perpetrators.