The new military rulers of Niger have revoked over 990 diplomatic passports held by nationals and foreigners associated with the deposed regime.
According to copies of the letter circulating on social media, the foreign ministry has written to notify diplomatic missions in Niger that the passports have “lapsed.”
According to the official press agency ANP, the diplomatic documents were held by former senior leaders in institutions and ministries, as well as ex-MPs and aides to the president and prime minister.
Around 50 passports were distributed to Americans, British, French, Libyan, and Turkish citizens, as well as other West Africans.
President Mohamed Bazoum was held at his residence after being deposed on July 26.
The new regime cancelled the passports of numerous members of the government who were overseas at the end of August, including the prime minister, foreign minister, and Niger’s ambassador to France.