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ECOWAS Places No Flight Zone On Niger Republic

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has imposed a no-flight zone over the Niger Republic following a military coup in the country.

Today, the ECOWAS announced their decision at an urgent meeting due to the escalating tension caused by military actors attempting to take over in Niger.

In response to the recent rise of the junta and the resulting unrest in the country, there has been a significant decision to close both air and land borders. This move is seen as crucial to maintaining political stability in the region.

The ECOWAS leadership believes that the imposition of a no-flight zone will help curb the junta’s influence and hinder any potential allies from providing aerial support, even as leaders of the coup fear that the regional body could stage an imminent military intervention in the capital of the Sahel country.

In addition to the no-flight zone, the regional body has agreed on immediate financial sanctions over the coup and has given the junta a week to cede power, while noting that a use of force has not been ruled out.

ECOWAS also insisted that President Mohamed Bazoum remains recognized as president of Niger, and called upon member states and the international community to uphold and respect these decisions, in an effort to help restore peace and stability in the republic.

Speaking at the emergency meeting which he presided over today, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu who serves as Chairman of the ECOWAS denounced the coup by military leaders in Niger Republic, saying Africa has come of age.

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