The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) has enacted fresh sanctions in response to the coup that occurred in the Niger Republic.
Initially, the regional coalition had granted a seven-day ultimatum to the Nigerien junta, demanding the reinstatement of President Mohamed Bazoum. Failure to comply would result in a range of sanctions, potentially even involving military intervention.
Despite the stern stance taken by ECOWAS, the coup leaders disregarded these warnings and pledged to counteract any external interference within their borders.
In addition, they severed diplomatic relations with Nigeria, Togo, France, and the United States. Furthermore, they decided to indefinitely close off the Nigerien airspace.
Following the conclusion of the stipulated deadline, ECOWAS has scheduled a meeting on Thursday to evaluate the unfolding situation within the West African country.
During a press briefing at the State House on Tuesday, Ajuri Ngelale, the Presidential spokesperson, disclosed that further punitive measures had been applied against individuals and entities linked to the military junta in the Niger Republic.
Although specific details were not provided, Ngelale indicated that these actions were executed in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria.