Niger has not reopened its border with Benin two days after a West African bloc lifted coup-linked sanctions on the landlocked nation, including border closures.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Saturday said it was lifting sanctions imposed after last year’s military coup, including a no-fly zone, border closures and asset freezes. Two Nigerien officials confirmed the border with Benin “remained closed”.

Niger’s president Mohamed Bazoum was ousted in a military coup last July, prompting ECOWAS to suspend trade and impose tough sanctions.


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