On July 30, 2023, in Abuja, the President of Nigeria and Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, reacts while speaking to the ECOWAS heads of government.

    The elected president of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, who has been detained by the military since Wednesday, has been called for his “immediate release and reinstatement” by the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).The Republic of Niger’s constitutional order will be restored if the demands of the authorities are not met within a week, according to ECOWAS. After an emergency summit in Abuja, Nigeria, the group issued a joint statement in which it acknowledged that such actions “may include the use of force. “The ECOWAS chiefs of defense staff are to convene right away in order to achieve that effect.

    In addition to stopping energy transfers, ECOWAS declared the “suspension of all commercial and financial transactions between ECOWAS member states and Niger”. It declared that it was implementing a “travel ban and asset freeze for the military officials involved in the coup attempt” as well as freezing Niger’s assets in ECOWAS central and commercial banks. The declaration, which was read out at the conclusion of the crisis conference by Nigerian president and ECOWAS chairman Bola Tinubu, said, “The same applies to their family members and the civilians who accept to participate in any institutions or government established by these military officials.”

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