As part of the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) attempts to restore democracy in that country, Nigeria has cut off the daily supply of 150 megawatts (MW) of energy to Niger.
The transfer Company of Nigeria, TCN, which was directly involved in the transfer of power on Tuesday night, performed the disconnect.
Vanguard repeatedly called TCN’s managing director and CEO, Engr. Sule Abdulaziz, yesterday, but he didn’t answer.
But a source in the organisation, who pleaded anonymity, said: “It is true Niger was disconnected from the national grid last night based on the instruction of the government. Nigeria used to supply 150 megawatts, MW of power to Niger.
“It is total disconnection in line with ECOWAS moves to restore democracy in that country.”
Military intervention in Niger ‘last resort’, says Defence Chiefs
Meanwhile, Military chiefs from the ECOWAS regional bloc on Wednesday said a military intervention in junta-ruled Niger was “the last resort”.
“(The) military option is the very last option on the table, the last resort, but we have to prepare for the eventuality,” said Abdel-Fatau Musah, ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security.
Speaking at the beginning of a three-day gathering of the grouping’s military commanders in the Nigerian capital Abuja, Musah noted that an ECOWAS delegation led by former Nigerian president Abdulsalami Abubakar was in Niger to “negotiate”.
James Cleverly, the foreign secretary for the United Kingdom, stated yesterday that his nation supported the ECOWAS position on the military coup that removed President Mohamed Bazoum from office in the Niger Republic.
Recall that the ECOWAS Heads of State threatened to use military force if the coup plotters did not restore President Bazoum to office within seven days last Sunday.