Niger

Country Niger
Capital Niamey
Continent Africa
Currency West African CFA franc(XOF)
Languages French, Hausa, Fulfulde, Gourmanchéma, Kanuri, Zarma & Tamasheq

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Introduction

Niger became independent from France in 1960 and experienced single-party and military rule until 1991, when Gen. Ali SAIBOU was forced by public pressure to allow multiparty elections, which resulted in a democratic government in 1993. Political infighting brought the government to a standstill and in 1996 led to a coup by Col. Ibrahim BARE. In 1999, BARE was killed in a counter coup by military officers who restored democratic rule and held elections that brought Mamadou TANDJA to power in December of that year. TANDJA was reelected in 2004 and in 2009 spearheaded a constitutional amendment that would allow him to extend his term as president. In February 2010, a military coup deposed TANDJA, immediately suspended the constitution and dissolved the Cabinet, and promised that elections would be held following a transitional period of unspecified duration. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world with minimal government services and insufficient funds to develop its resource base. The largely agrarian and subsistence-based economy is frequently disrupted by extended droughts common to the Sahel region of Africa. A predominately Tuareg ethnic group emerged in February 2007, the Nigerien Movement for Justice (MNJ), and attacked several military targets in Niger's northern region throughout 2007 and 2008. Successful government offensives in 2009 limited the rebels' operational capabilities.

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Ex-Niger Gov, Aliyu, arraigned, remanded in Minna Prison custody - Vanguard

Vanguard

Ex-Niger Gov, Aliyu, arraigned, remanded in Minna Prison custody
Vanguard
MinnaImmediate past governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, and his former commissioner and Chief of staff, Umar Nasko, were yesterday arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before a Minna high court on a six-count ...
Former Niger State Governor Aliyu To Be Remanded In Prison CustodySaharaReporters.com
Why ex-Niger gov Aliyu was remanded in prisonDaily Trust
Court remands Ex-Niger Gov, Babangida Aliyu In PrisonCHANNELS TELEVISION
Bella Naija -Naija News -NAIJ.COM
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Eight die in Niger boat mishap - Daily Post Nigeria

Daily Post Nigeria

Eight die in Niger boat mishap
Daily Post Nigeria
The Director General , Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) Mallam Ibrahim Ahmed Inga who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Minna on Monday, said eight people, including five women and three men died while the remaining 62 ...

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ICC prosecutor lobbies Niger not to leave court - Anadolu Agency - Anadolu Agency

Anadolu Agency

ICC prosecutor lobbies Niger not to leave court - Anadolu Agency
Anadolu Agency
International Criminal Court works to stem series of African nations making moves to leave over perceived bias - Anadolu Agency.

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Niger vaccinates 2.5m under-five children, warns against rejecting immunisation - BusinessDay (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog)

BusinessDay (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog)

Niger vaccinates 2.5m under-five children, warns against rejecting immunisation
BusinessDay (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog)
The Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency says it has successfully immunised 2.5 million children against polio across the 25 local government areas of the state. However, it warned that parents, who refused their children getting ...

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OPINION: Why EFCC should return N2b recovered from ex-Niger state commissioner to us - NAIJ.COM

NAIJ.COM

OPINION: Why EFCC should return N2b recovered from ex-Niger state commissioner to us
NAIJ.COM
Editor's note: Last week, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) announced the discovery of N6b from the bank account of a former commissioner in Niger state after which the state government claimed the ownership of the slush funds.



Niger starts night patrol to eliminate open defecation | TheCable - TheCable

TheCable

Niger starts night patrol to eliminate open defecation | TheCable
TheCable
The Niger State Environmental Protection Agency (NISEPA) says it will collaborate with the police to embark on night patrol in areas with records of open ...

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Niger Delta, maginalisation and marginal oil fields - Guardian (blog)

Guardian (blog)

Niger Delta, maginalisation and marginal oil fields
Guardian (blog)
The report the other day that the Federal Government plans to defuse tension in the oil-rich but volatile Niger Delta area by awarding indigenes of the region marginal oil fields, is not just intriguing, it leaves a sour taste in the mouth as it ...
Niger Delta militants threaten to resume bombings over "unfulfilled promises"Daily Post Nigeria
Modular Refineries: Niger Delta Residents Anticipate FG's ImplementationCHANNELS TELEVISION
Niger Delta Youths tell Nigerian government to cleanup Ogoni - PM ...P.M. News
Pulse Nigeria -News Agency of Nigeria (press release) -NAIJ.COM
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In Photos: Life in Bosso, Niger - Voice of America

Voice of America

In Photos: Life in Bosso, Niger
Voice of America
Bosso, Niger was the first village attacked by Boko Haram in February 2015. In June 2016, jihadist soldiers succeeded in taking control of the village from the Niger army. A year later, VOA French to Africa reporter Nicolas Pinault traveled to Niger ...



WFP Niger Country Brief, March 2017 - Niger | ReliefWeb - ReliefWeb

ReliefWeb

WFP Niger Country Brief, March 2017 - Niger | ReliefWeb
ReliefWeb
Highlights Critical shortfalls continue to negatively affect activity implementation. WFP was forced to review its operational planning and targeting due to lack of ...

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Fewer migrants crossing Niger for Libya: IOM - defenceWeb

defenceWeb

Fewer migrants crossing Niger for Libya: IOM
defenceWeb
Fewer migrants crossing Mediterranean The number of migrants crossing Niger to reach Libya has declined, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said after Europe pledged Niger funds to help it fight people smuggling. The IOM monitors trucks ...