Niger Coup leaders cut off electricity, water supply to French Embassy

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By Enioluwa Adeniyi

Niger Republic military leaders have stopped electricity and water going to the French Embassy in Niamey.

No food is getting in either, according to Turkish news source Anadolu.

The same actions are happening at French consulates in other cities like Zinder and Dosso.

Elh Issa Hassoumi Boureima, head of a national support committee, has asked partners of French bases in Niger to halt supplies of water, electricity, and food.

He was quoted to have said, “We ask Nigelec and SPEN (SEEN)) to cut off water and electricity in the French Embassy, in the French consulates of Zinder and Niamey.”

In addition, the military coup leaders in Niger have warned that helping France with supplies will make you an “enemy of the sovereign people.”

The decision of the coup leaders comes after a 48-hour deadline for the French ambassador to leave Niger ended on Sunday.

Diplomatic ties have been shaky between Niger, some Western countries, and the West African group, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) since the July 26 coup.

France on Friday evening refused to follow the order against its ambassador, saying it doesn’t recognize the military’s authority.

The coup on July 26 threw Niger into chaos when Gen. Abdourahamane Tchiani ousted President Mohamed Bazoum.