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ECOWAS: Why Nigeria reopens land, air borders with Niger Republic, lifts other sanctions –Presidency

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu directs the re-opening of Nigeria’s land and air borders with the Republic of Niger, and lifting of other sanctions against the neighbouring country with immediate effect in compliance with the recent ECOWAS decisions

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu Wednesday, March 13, 2024, directed the re-opening of Nigeria’s land and air borders with the Republic of Niger, and lifted other sanctions against the neighbouring country with immediate effect.

Ajuri Ngelale, Presidential Spokesman, who disclosed this in a statement, said President Tinubu’s directive was in compliance with the decisions of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government at its extraordinary summit February 24, in Abuja, FCT.

The statement recalled ECOWAS leaders had agreed to lift economic sanctions against the Republic of Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea.

Ngelale stated Tinubu has directed that the following sanctions imposed on the Republic of Niger be lifted immediately:

(1) Closure of land and air borders between Nigeria and Niger Republic, as well as ECOWAS no-fly zone on all commercial flights to and from Niger Republic.

(2) Suspension of all commercial and financial transactions between Nigeria and Niger, as well as freeze of all service transactions, including utility services and electricity to Niger Republic.

(3) Freeze of assets of the Republic of Niger in ECOWAS Central Banks and freeze of assets of the Republic of Niger, state enterprises, and parastatals in commercial banks.

(4) Suspension of Niger from all financial assistance and transactions with all financial institutions, particularly EBID and BOAD.

(5) Travel bans on government officials and their family members.

President Tinubu has also approved the lifting of financial and economic sanctions against the Republic of Guinea.

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