Military Chiefs from Sierra Leone and other West African countries are finalising plans for a possible military intervention.
The sub-regional bloc issued an ultimatum to coup leaders to hand over power to Mohamed Bazoum by Sunday or risk a possible military intervention.
The ultimatum has been scoffed by the Nigerien coup leaders and other Francophone West African countries.
Former French colonies, Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea condemned the decision by ECOWAS. In a joint communique, both Mali and Burkina Faso warned the ECOWAS that any military intervention into Niger would be considered as an act of war against them.
Meanwhile, the US Secretary of States Anthony Blinken has supported the ECOWAS’ decision.
An ECOWAS military intervention into Niger would not be the first time the sub-regional bloc has conducted such.
In 2003, ECOWAS sent 2,500 soldiers in Liberia to depose then rebel leader, Charles Taylor.
Most recently in 2017, the sub-regional bloc sent troops to The Gambia to force then President, Yahya Jammeh to concede to Adama Barrow.
Experts have warned that West Africa is backsliding in democracy as the region is witnessing a rise in military coups in the past five years.
Currently, four countries are being ruled by military heads.
The Sierra Leone Security Sector announced several days ago that it arrested some military officers planning to cause unrest in the West African nation.