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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Niger - Wikipedia
Niger - CIA World Fact Book
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Dozens abandoned in Niger desert feared dead - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.com

Dozens abandoned in Niger desert feared dead
Aljazeera.com
Dozens of people are feared dead after human traffickers abandoned them in Niger's northern desert without food or water, a senior local official said on Monday. Fatoumi Boudou, the prefect of Niger's northern region of Bilma, told the AFP news agency ...
Niger migrants: 52 die during desert crossing - BBC NewsBBC News
51 Migrants Presumed Dead After Abandonment in Niger DesertU.S. News & World Report
Over 50 African migrants feared dead in Niger's Sahara desert | ReutersFirstpost
Belfast Telegraph
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52 migrants have been found dead in the deserts of central Niger - Trend News Agency

Trend News Agency

52 migrants have been found dead in the deserts of central Niger
Trend News Agency
Fifty-two migrants have been found dead in the deserts of central Niger, near Seguedine, BBC reported. A group of 75 set out in three vehicles but were abandoned by traffickers, who feared the security forces. A local official told the BBC that dozens ...

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2 policemen killed in Niger - Vanguard

2 policemen killed in Niger
Vanguard
It was alleged that some criminals in the area had been declared wanted by Niger and Kaduna Police Commands. Members of the notorious gang, said to be headed by a wanted criminal, is allegedly responsible for the kidnap of seven persons from a ...

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Senator calls for restraint over killing of 2 policemen in Niger - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE (press release) (blog)

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE (press release) (blog)

Senator calls for restraint over killing of 2 policemen in Niger
NIGERIAN TRIBUNE (press release) (blog)
Senator David Umaru, representing Niger East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Abuja, has called for restraint from all parties involved in the recent incidents at Allawa Village and Suleja town in Shiroro and Suleja local government areas ...



Niger Gov Accuses Security Agencies of Failing in Discharge of ... - THISDAY Newspapers

THISDAY Newspapers

Niger Gov Accuses Security Agencies of Failing in Discharge of ...
THISDAY Newspapers
The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, in Minna on Tuesday came down heavily on the country's security agencies, saying they have failed in ...
Abubakar Bello : We spend N100M monthly on security and still remain unsafe - Niger govPulse Nigeria
I've lost confidence in security agencies Gov BelloVanguard
Niger Gov Bemoans Rising Insecurity In StateNigeria Today

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NIGER: Wanted criminals murder 2 policemen - Ripples Nigeria

Ripples Nigeria

NIGER: Wanted criminals murder 2 policemen
Ripples Nigeria
Two policemen identified as Alfa Idris and Sergeant Joseph Peter, have reportedly been murdered in the Allawa village, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State by wanted criminals. Reports say the policemen, an Inspector and a Sergeant were killed ...



Niger Delta militants threaten to stop oil exploration if Osinbajo's regime is toppled - NAIJ.COM

NAIJ.COM

Niger Delta militants threaten to stop oil exploration if Osinbajo's regime is toppled
NAIJ.COM
The group, Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders (NDRC), in a statement by its spokesperson, WOI Izon-Ebi, on Monday, June 26 alleged that the north was aware that President Muhammadu Buhari was incapacitated and was planning to hijack power from ...

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Africard, the company that gives Issoufou nightmares - Africa Intelligence (subscription)

Africard, the company that gives Issoufou nightmares
Africa Intelligence (subscription)
Africard, an affiliate of Lebanon's Inkript company, is doing everything it can in the United States and France to recover the $25 million that Niger refuses to pay after cancelling the delivery of two million passports in 2011. The government had ...



Fashola lying, refused to spend a kobo on Second Niger Bridge in 2016 budget- NASS - Vanguard

Vanguard

Fashola lying, refused to spend a kobo on Second Niger Bridge in 2016 budget- NASS
Vanguard
He said that because part of funds allocated to Second Niger Bridge in 2016 was returned at the end of the year, the national assembly reduced allocation to the project in the 2017 Budget by N5 billion. Namdas said that the deduction was applied to ...
Senate attacks Fashola; explains Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan budget cutsPremium Times
Reps: Executive budgeted N12bn for 2nd Niger bridge in 2016 but a kobo wasn't spent on itTheCable

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Greensboro man arrested, faces deportation to Niger - Greensboro News & Record

Greensboro News & Record

Greensboro man arrested, faces deportation to Niger
Greensboro News & Record
WINSTON-SALEM Federal immigration officers last week arrested a Niger man living in Greensboro as part of an ongoing federal investigation. Family and friends say Ali Marounfa, 56, an outspoken critic of the Niger government, will be killed if he is ...