Lagos - An international security think-tank
has raised concern at the prevalence of Boko Haram attacks ahead of elections
scheduled for neighbouring Niger.
The first round of Niger's presidential election will be
held on Sunday.
“Although until now remained an enclave in an area homes
insecurity, Niger is facing both the brutal extremism and risk political
violence, which significantly affect its safety and stability,” THE Institute
of Security Studies (ISS) stated ahead of the elections.
The South African-based organisation added that was
particularly the case of the terrorist threat, as it had developed and evolved
in the Sahel and in the North East Nigeria, with the proliferation of terrorist
groups and the insurgency group Boko Haram, which had spread its tentacles in
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ISS stated in the last few months, especially in the
south, on the border with Nigeria, the Boko Haram terror group had repeatedly
carried out attacks.
The Diffa region has experienced renewed violence causing
death and displacement of hundreds of people.
The elections in Niger are seen as a major security risk
in the West African region hence ISS’ appeal for a credible process.
“The institutions responsible for the organization should
make efforts to reassure them independence, transparency and credibility of the
vote," said ISS.
- CAJ News