Friday, April 09, 2004

Nigeria: soldiers confined to barracks, officers arrested

Nigeria's armed forces have cancelled all leave and confined troops to their barracks while a number of military officers undergo questioning over an alleged coup plot, military spokesmen said Thursday.
There aren't many details available about who these military officers are. The Daily Trust says unconfirmed reports have it that about 28 military officers and civilians are being interrogated about the alleged coup plot.

The Associated Press gets its information from unnamed army officers and reports that dozens of mid-ranking army officers have been detained. And according to the same report, the detained officers are described as Muslim and Hausa-speaking commanders.
[President Olusegun Obasanjo] A Christian from the south of the country, he has faced stiff opposition from northern Muslims who dominate Nigeria's military.