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Nigeria has halted its power supply to the Niger Republic following a military coup in the neighboring country.
As a result, major cities in Niger are experiencing prolonged blackouts. The Niger Republic heavily relies on Nigeria for its electricity supplies.
The decision to cut off power was made following a presidential directive.
In response to the coup, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) imposed sanctions on the Niger Republic, including freezing utility services.
ECOWAS defense chiefs are meeting in Nigeria to discuss the crisis and find a resolution.
The coup has led to demonstrations against the country’s former colonial power, France, and the French embassy in Niger has come under attack.
France has evacuated its citizens from the country. A delegation from ECOWAS, led by Nigeria’s General Abdulsalami Abubakar, is currently in Niger for talks.
The Niger Republic now joins Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso as countries under military rule.
This article was updated 2 months ago