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Former Sierra Leone President, Ernest Bai Koroma, has accepted to be exiled to Abuja, Nigeria, following a failed coup.

His exile is however subject to an approval from President Maada Bio.

Meanwhile, Koroma was charged on Wednesday by a court in Freetown with four offences including treason for his alleged role in a failed military attempt to topple the West African country’s government in November.

The West African country is still recovering from a 1991-2002 civil war in which more than 50,000 were killed.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) secured Koroma’s temporary relocation to Nigeria.

Koroma was accused of masterminding a failed coup to overthrow the current government last November and the temporary accommodation was arranged as part of an agreement to drop all charges against him.

Koroma was released on bail on Wednesday but placed on house arrest at his residence in Freetown while the matter was adjourned till January 17.

The government said it was willing to drop all the charges if Mr Koroma vacated the country tentatively.

However, a reminder letter from ECOWAS President Omar Touray to President Bio noted that Nigeria had agreed to host Koroma temporarily.

“I am pleased to inform Your Excellency that as part of the agreement reached during the mission, the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has agreed to host His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma, former President of Sierra Leone, in Abuja, on a temporary basis,” it said.

It added that Koroma “has accepted the offer to be hosted in Nigeria”.

The letter also stresses the necessity of continued payments for Koroma’s allowances and entitlements as a former head of state.

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