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BREAKING: ECOWAS lifts sanctions on Niger, Mali, Guinea

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Following the extra-ordinary meeting of Economic Community of West African states in Abuja, the regional bloc has officially agreed to lift some sanctions on Niger Republic, Mali and Guinea.

The decision was reached at the extraordinary summit on the peace, political and security situation in the ECOWAS sub-region in Abuja on Saturday.

President Tinubu, who is the current Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State, led discussion on developments within and around member-states that have fallen under military junta.

NewsBand reported that at various times, Mali, August 2020; Burkina Faso, September 2022; and Niger, July 2023, all experienced military coups and were sanctioned by the regional bloc, a step that had escalated hostility within the region.

However, the military-led juntas of Burkina-Faso, Mali, and Niger, in late January, announced their withdrawal over “illegal sanctions” harming their people.

They also alleged that the bloc had fallen under the influence of foreign governments whose interests, they said were far from the people.

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