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BREAKING: Nigeria Opens land, Air Borders With Niger, Lifts Other Sanctions

PRESIDENT Bola Tinubu has directed the opening of Nigeria’s land and air borders with the Republic of Niger 8n qddition to lift8ng of other sanctions against the country with immediate effect.

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 a statement by Ajuri Ngelale, presidential spokesperson.

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


“The President has now 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,’ a statement by Presidential Media Adviser, Ajuri Ngelale, said on Wednesday.

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