During a hearing in Abuja, Younkaila Yaye, representing the government, highlighted the widespread impact of the sanctions, causing hardship across various sectors of Nigerian society.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other nations, including the United States, imposed economic sanctions, leading to border closures, suspension of financial transactions, and freezing of assets. These measures severely affected Niger's economy, which heavily relied on aid, with almost half of its annual budget sourced from foreign assistance.
Despite the sanctions, Niger's military government has consolidated power, while millions in the country face growing hardship. Yaye accused ECOWAS of imposing disproportionately harsh penalties on Nigeriens compared to other countries experiencing coups.
The government requested the court to relax the sanctions temporarily, citing the adverse effects on children's education, healthcare services, and business operations.
However, ECOWAS opposed the request, arguing that the military government lacks recognition under the bloc's protocol to pursue such a case.
The court adjourned the hearing until December 7, leaving the fate of Niger's sanctions unresolved as legal proceedings continue.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Bazoum, who has been under house arrest since the coup, has petitioned the same court for his release and the restoration of constitutional order. The court is expected to rule on November 30 regarding Bazoum's plea.