More than 990 diplomatic passports held by citizens of Niger and foreigners related to the overthrown government of former President Mohamed Bazoum have been annulled by the country’s military rulers.
According to copies of the letter shared on social media, the foreign ministry has written to inform diplomatic representatives in Niger that the passports have now “lapsed,” according to the Nigerien Press Agency.
Former senior officials from institutions and ministries, former members of parliament, and advisers, including the president and prime minister, all had access to the diplomatic records.
According to the statement made public on Thursday, about 50 of the passports were provided to people from West African countries as well as the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Libya, and Turkey.
On July 26, Bazoum was deposed, and he is currently being held at his residence.
The prime minister, the foreign minister, and the ambassador of Niger to France all had their passports revoked by the new administration at the end of August