President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has informed the Senate that the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) borders are now closed to Niger Republic following the seizure of power by the country’s military.
Tinubu has also informed the Senate about the cutting off of electricity supply to Niger adding that more sanctions are underway.
The letter by Tinubu which was read on the floor of the apex legislative Chamber during plenary by the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, said the ECOWAS States will insist power returned to the democratically elected leaders of the country.
Aggrieved military junta, had on July 26, toppled the democratically elected President, Mohamed Bazoum, and took over the leadership of the country. The soldiers were his guards.
President Tinubu who is also the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States, had met with some other ECOWAS leaders on Sunday July 30th, to discuss appropriate ways to restore democracy in Niger.
The leaders of the West African regional bloc met to discuss sanctions to be imposed on the military officers who toppled Bazoum, to compel them return power to the ousted President.
The President’s letter read, “Political situation in Niger. Following the unfortunate political situation in Niger Republic culminating in the overthrow of its President, ECOWAS under my leadership condemned the coup in its entirety and resolved to seek the return of the democratically elected Government in a bid to restore peace, ECOWAS convened a meeting and came out with a communique.
“Closure and monitoring of all land borders with the Niger Republic and reactivation of the border drilling exercise.
“Cutting off Electricity supply to the Niger Republic, mobilising international support for the implementation of the provisions of the ECOWAS communique.
“Mobilizing international support for the implementation of the provisions of the ECOWAS communique.
“Preventing the operation of commercial and special flights into and from Niger Republic;
“Blockade of goods in transit to Niger especially from Lagos and eastern seaports.
“Embarking on sensitization of Nigerians and Nigerians on the imperative of these actions particularly via social media.
“Military build up and deployment of personnel for military intervention to enforce compliance of the military junta in Niger should they remain recalcitrant.