According to official sources, the newly-installed military leadership in Niger has recently taken decisive action by invalidating over 990 diplomatic passports belonging to nationals and foreigners linked to the previous administration.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has officially informed diplomatic missions within Niger that these passports are now considered invalid. Copies of the notification letter have been circulating on various social media platforms.
These diplomatic documents were previously held by former high-ranking officials in various government institutions and ministries, as well as former Members of Parliament and advisors who served under the previous president and prime minister, as reported by the official press agency ANP.
Notably, approximately 50 of these revoked passports were in the possession of individuals from diverse nationalities, including Americans, Britons, French nationals, Libyans, and Turks, in addition to other West African citizens.
This development comes in the wake of President Mohamed Bazoum’s ousting on July 26th, after which he was detained at his official residence. In late August, the interim government had already canceled the passports of several government officials abroad, including the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, and Niger’s Ambassador to France.