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ECOWAS imposes fresh sanctions on Niger coup leaders

ECOWAS imposes fresh sanctions on Niger coup leaders

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has imposed new raft of sanctions on entities, and individuals supporting the military junta in Niger Republic.

The deadline given by the sub-regional body for the coup leaders to restore constitutional order in the Uranium-rich West African country expired on Sunday.

They junta had since shut the Nigerien airspace to ward off external aggression following the July 26 ousting of President Mohammed Basoum in a military coup.

The Special Adviser on Media, and Publicity to the President, Ajuri Ngelale, who disclosed this to journalists on Tuesday, said his principal had ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to enforce the financial sanctions in line with the ECOWAS position.

He said: “No options have been taken off of the table but West African leaders favour diplomacy on the current political situation in the Niger Republic. “

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