Disturbing reports have it that the prime minister of Sudan, Abdallah Hamdok, has been placed under house arrest by a gang of soldiers in what might be another coup in Africa.
According to Al Jazeera, Hamdok and some of his ministers were arrested by the soldiers in the early hours of Monday, October 25.
Among Sudanese government officials nabbed by the soldiers were industry minister Ibrahim al-Sheikh, Information Minister Hamza Baloul, and media adviser to Hamdok, Faisal Mohammed Saleh.
Other arrested persons are the spokesman for Sudan’s ruling sovereign council, Mohammed al-Fiky Suliman, and Ayman Khalid, the governor of Khartoum.
It was gathered that while telecommunications access has been restricted, all roads and bridges leading into Khartoum City have been blocked.
Quoting Cameroun Hudson, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, VOA said:
“It is a major blow to the democratic experiment in Sudan.”