On Thursday, Guinea-Bissau President Umaro Cissoco Embalo accused a former navy chief and two other men arrested in 2013 by the US anti-drug agency of being behind the coup attempt of February 1st.
“I’m not saying that politicians are behind all this, but the hand that bears arms are people who are linked to the big drug cartels”, the Head of State Umaro said , before naming the three men.
They are ex-Rear Admiral José Americo Bubo Na Tchuto, head of the navy in the early 2000s, Tchamy Yala, a former officer, and Papis Djemé, arrested after the failure of the coup.
On February 1, 2022, the Government Palace, was attacked by armed men while the President and members of the government were holding a meeting.
The attack claimed the lives of 11 people, recalling the dark hours of this West African country victim of coups since its independence in 1974.