The Nigerian Government has taken the decision to halt electricity supplies to the Niger Republic in response to the recent military coup that ousted Niger’s elected president, Mohamed Bazoum.

According to reports from Niger’s electricity company, Nigelec, the power cutoff came after an emergency meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), during which sanctions were imposed on the Niger Republic, including freezing utility services.

Cities like Maradi, Zinder, and Niamey experienced an unusual power outage for up to five hours, following a one-hour supply of electricity. Normally, Niger relies on Nigeria for 70 percent of its electricity, which is generated from the Kainji Dam.

This decision to cut off power is a significant measure taken by Nigeria in response to the political developments in the neighboring country.

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