Niger’s coup leaders have closed the country’s airspace until further notice, citing the threat of military intervention from their neighbors.

A junta spokesman says Niger’s armed forces are ready to defend the country.

Flight tracking website Flightradar24 is showing that there are currently no aircraft in Niger’s skies.

The military takeover has been internationally condemned, including, the former colonial power France and the rest of the European Union, as well as the United Nations and the United States.

West African group of countries, Ecowas had earlier warned it could use force if President Mohamed Bazoum was not reinstated on Sunday.

Reading a statement on national television on Sunday, the representative from Niger’s junta said they had information that “a foreign power” was preparing to attack Niger.

After a crisis meeting in Nigeria, ECOWAS military chiefs said on Friday they had drawn up a detailed plan for the possible use of force.

“All the elements that will go into any eventual intervention have been worked out here, including the resources needed, the how and when we are going deploy the force,” said Abdel-Fatau Musah, ECOWAS commissioner for political affairs, peace and security.

And he added: “We want diplomacy to work, and we want this message clearly transmitted to them [Niger’s junta] that we are giving them every opportunity to reverse what they have done”.

Report says Mr Bazoum was detained on 26 July, and Gen Abdourahmane Tchiani, commander of presidential guard, later proclaimed himself the new leader.