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The government of Togo has on Monday made some confirmations that the controversial ousted Burkina Faso leader, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba has finally fled to Togo after a military coup.
It also revealed that the West African bloc ECOWAS has made some plans to send envoys to Burkina Faso after some of the troops had toppled Damiba in the country’s second putsch in nine months.
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Akodah Ayewouadan who is Togo’s Minister of Communication and government spokesman had revealed that Damiba was in Togo as part of the country’s commitment to “peace in the sub-region.”
“Togo, like ECOWAS, welcomes the fact that the spirit of peace has prevailed,” the official said in a response to questions from AFP.
“The reception of… Damiba is part of this spirit.”
The streets of Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou had been quiet on Monday after a two-day showdown between military rivalsa and Damiba on Sunday had agreed to step down after new self-declared leader Captain Ibrahim Traore declared he had been forced out.
In another related report, Burkina Faso’s junta leader Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba agreed to step down Sunday, two days after military officers announced he had been removed from power, religious and community leaders said.
Following mediation between Damia and the new self-proclaimed leader, Ibrahim Traore, ‘Damiba himself offered his resignation in order to avoid confrontations with serious human and material consequences’, the religious and community leaders said in a statement.
They added that Damiba had set ‘seven conditions’ for stepping down, including a guarantee of security for his allies in the military, ‘a guarantee of his security and rights’ and that those taking power must respect the guarantee he had given to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for a return to civilian rule within two years.