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Insecurity: Over 50 villages deserted in Niger – Bello

Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger, has disclosed that no fewer than 50 villages in five Local Government Areas of the state have been deserted due bandits’ attacks. The governor made the disclosure on Monday in Minna while opening a two-day training workshop for local government directors and revenue officers. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports
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Niger constitutional court confirms new president

Niger’s constitutional court on Sunday confirmed Mohamed Bazoum as the country’s new president with more than 55 percent of the votes cast in last month’s run-off. Former interior minister Bazoum was the preferred successor and right-hand man of outgoing president Mahamadou Issoufou. “The court confirms and declares the definitive results of the second round presidential
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Bandits kidnap women in Oyo as hunters await approval from Govt for rescue operation

Bandits kidnap another 30 persons in Niger

…Storm village on foot, lead captives into forest …Gov Bello vows to provide automatic guns to vigilantes to confront bandits …Aisha Buhari laments continued abduction of women, girls …Send girls back to school, African First Ladies urge northern parents By Johnbosco Agbakwuru & Wole Mosadomi No fewer than 30 persons were abducted in the early
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Mine blast kills 7 Niger election officials

Seven election workers were killed early Sunday in Niger’s troubled western Tillaberi region when their vehicle hit a mine, the area’s governor told AFP. The blast also injured three of the workers, who included the heads of polling stations, Tidjani Ibrahim Katiella told AFP. The accident came as Niger holds a presidential election runoff between
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Niger political veterans face off in presidential vote

Niger voted Sunday in a presidential run-off between two political heavyweights that is set to bring about the first democratic transition of power in the coup-prone country’s history. The world’s poorest nation according to the UN’s development benchmark covering 189 countries, Niger is also struggling with jihadist insurgencies that have spilled over from Mali and Nigeria.
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