Nigeria Halts Power Supply to Niger Amidst ECOWAS Sanctions, Diplomatic Efforts Underway

In response to the recent military coup in Niger, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has imposed sanctions, including the suspension of financial transactions and energy supply. Consequently, Nigeria has cut off power supply to Niger, as 70% of the country’s electricity comes from Nigeria-based Mainstream Energy.

Industry experts warn of potential complications as the power firm NIGELEC in Niger is under a contract with Mainstream Energy. Nevertheless, ECOWAS and Nigerian President Bola Tinubu remain firm on the decision to isolate Niger from electricity supply as a measure of collective action.

In a related development, ECOWAS Defense Chiefs convened in Abuja to address the situation, emphasizing the need to restore democratic governance in Niger. The UK has also expressed support for ECOWAS’s stance and pledged to work towards peace and democracy in Niger.

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As Niger’s military government reopens land borders and airspace with five neighboring countries, borders with Benin and Nigeria remain closed temporarily.

Meanwhile, France and Italy have initiated evacuation efforts for their citizens from Niger in response to the situation. The international community closely monitors the unfolding events, and diplomatic efforts are underway to address the crisis.

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