Equatorial Guinea president Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. He is Africa’s longest-serving leader. FILE PHOTO | AFP
In a statement read on public radio, Security Minister Nicolas Obama Nchama said: “Mercenaries... were recruited by Equatorial Guinean militants from certain radical opposition parties with the support of certain powers.”
In 2004, mercenaries attempted to overthrow Obiang in a coup thought to be largely funded by British financiers.
Equatorial Guinea is one of sub-Sahara’s biggest oil producers but a large proportion of its 1.2 million population still lives in poverty.