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Boko Haram a worry as Niger polls approach

17 February 2016, 11:24Okoro Chinedu

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 southern Niger.

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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


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