NB247

President Bola Tinubu, has ordered the reopening of Nigeria’s land and air borders with the Republic of Niger.

He also directed the lifting of other sanctions against the country with immediate effect.

Mr Tinubu also lifted financial and economic sanctions against the Republic of Guinea.

Presidential Spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

Ngalele said the directive was in compliance with the decisions of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government at its extraordinary summit on February 24, 2024, in Abuja.

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

“The President 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,” the statement said.

“(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.”

The sanctions were placed on the countries in the wake of military coups in the country.

The countries had also pulled out of ECOWAS in defiance of the sanctions by the regional body.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *