Coup: Nigeria cuts off electricity supply to Niger Republic
The Niger Republic's power supply has been cut off by the Nigerian government.
This occurs just a few days after Mohamed Bazoum, the elected president of Niger, was deposed by a military coup.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held an emergency meeting where sanctions, including the suspension of utility services, were imposed on the Niger Republic due to its coup, according to Daily Trust. Nigelec, the electricity company in Niger, noted on Wednesday that the development came after that meeting.
BBC reported that the cities of Maradi, Zinder and Niamey had power for about an hour before it was switched off for up to five hours.
Power outages are unusual in Niger, which normally has regular and reliable supplies.
Niger Republic depends on Nigeria for 70 percent of its electricity supply generated from the Kainji Dam.
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