Guinean soldiers, on Sunday, said they have taken control of the government and suspended the country’s constitution.
Colonel Mamady Doumbouya of the Guinea military said in a video recorded in the capital Conakry that the National Assembly has been dissolved.
A video has also circulated on social media showing President Alpha Conde being held by soldiers. He was subsequently shoved into a vehicle and driven away.
The development came after residents heard about two hours of heavy gunfire across the capital.
Doumbouya said all land and air routes have been shut in the interim, asking citizens to remain at home and await further instruction on the direction of the government.
Doumbouya also lamented widespread corruption and poverty as key reasons for the takeover, saying Mr Conde had failed to deliver on his promises to Guinea people.
Conde, 83, won a third term of office last October. Continental body African Union (AU) has yet to release a statement about the development.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Government, on Sunday, asked the Guinea coup plotters to immediately restore constitutional order in the country.
The request comes after the Guinea military suspended the country’s constitution and ousted the democratically elected government.
In a statement on Sunday, Esther Sunsuwa, spokesperson for the Nigerian foreign affairs ministry, said the coup d’etat violates ECOWAS protocol on democracy and good governance.
Ms Sunsuwa in the statement said:
The Nigerian government is saddened by the apparent coup d’etat that has taken place in the Republic of Guinea today, in clear violation of the ECOWAS protocol of democracy and good governance.
The government of Nigeria strongly condemns and rejects any unconstitutional change of government and therefore calls on those behind this coup to restore constitutional order without delay and protect all lives and properties.