The military government of Niger has turned off water and power to the French Embassy in the capital Niamey, with no food supplies permitted, according to several social media reports on Sunday.
According to reports, the country’s government has also taken similar measures at the French embassy in Zinder.
According to sources, the head of the National Support Committee for the National Council for the Safeguarding of the Country (CNSP), Elh Issa Hassoumi Boureima, has instructed all partners of French bases in Niger to cease all water, energy, and food supply.
Furthermore, any partners that continue to assist the French in the process of delivering products and services would be branded “enemies of the sovereign people,” according to the sources.
The claims come after the military administration gave the French ambassador a two-day ultimatum to leave the country, which expired on Sunday.
In the weeks since the removal of the West African country’s democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum, the administration’s Foreign Ministry has given Ambassador Sylvain Itte 48 hours to “leave Nigerien territory.”
On July 26, Gen. Abdourahamane Tchiani, a former commander of the presidential guard, launched a military operation that removed President Bazoum.
Earlier this month, France initiated an effort to evacuate its people as well as foreign nations from Niamey.