In the Niger area of the country, the Nigerian Army has shut down a military camp in Zagzaga community, Munya Local Government Area of Niger State after another attack by bandits.

On Wednesday, the gunmen invaded the military camp and engaged the soldiers in a gun battle, set a military vehicle ablaze, while the food store in the camp was burnt.

No soldier was confirmed to have died during the attack, one officer was said to be missing. The soldiers however have been moved out of the community in what the secretary to the state government, Ibrahim Matene, called a tactical withdrawal.

Hours after they moved out, it was learnt that the bandits attacked communities in the area, kidnapping over 15 persons.

Communities affected in the fresh attacks Wednesday night are Zagzaga, Zhani, Guni and Maraban Daudu.

President Muhammadu Buhari is hosting the new President of Niger Republic, Mohamed Bazoum, in the State House Abuja.

Bazoum was inaugurated as President of Niger Republic on April 2, 2021, after winning the elections held on December 27, 2020 and took over from his predecessor, Mahamadou Issoufou.

President Bazoum was accompanied to the State House by Governors of some northern states, which share boundaries with the neighbouring country.

The Governors are Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi); Babagana Zulum (Borno); Abdulahi Ganduje (Kano); Mai Mala Buni (Yobe); Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto); and Bello Matawalle (Zamfara).

The Minister of Defense, Major-General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd); Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva; the National Security Adviser NSA Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd); Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, were with the President to receive the guest.

The Niger government has disclosed that it has prevented an attempted coup.

It was gathered that members of the presidential guard fought off a military unit that had tried to seize the presidential palace in the capital, Niamey.

It was gathered that the attackers who were from a nearby airbase, fled when the guards responded with heavy shelling.

The government spokesman disclosed that several people had been arrested.

The attack took place two days before the swearing-in of the new president, Mohamed Bazoum.

The government of Niger Republic has declared three days of national mourning following the killing of 137 people in western Tahoua region.

This was hours after the constitutional court validated the election of Mohammed Bazoum as elected President in the just concluded election.

“Attacks carried out yesterday by gunmen in villages in the Tahoua region of Niger resulted in 137 deaths,” The government announced.

Armed men arrived on motorbikes, attacked three villages near the border with Mali, shooting anything that moved,” a local official said.

By systematically treating civilian populations as targets, these armed bandits have gone one step closer to horror and brutality,” government spokesman Zakaria Abdourahamane said in a statement on public television.

Seven members of the electoral commission in the Niger Republic have been killed in a landmine explosion during the second round of the presidential election in the country.

It was gathered that the team’s car drove over an improvised explosive device in the Tillaberi region in the country’s south-west.

It is not known whether the vehicle was deliberately targeted. Another three workers were injured in the incident.

Harouna Mounkaila, a local electoral commission official stated that the officials were leaving to drop off the ballot boxes and the members of the polling station.

Forty-nine shops and four houses were burnt down in a fire as a result of a fuel tanker colliding with a trailer in the Lambata area of Gurara Local Government Area of Niger State.

It was gathered that the incident happened at 11pm on Sunday night.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) revealed that the trailer was loaded with rice husks and was parked by the roadside when the fuel tanker coming from Minna direction lost control and rammed into it. The tanker burst into flames seconds later, burning the two vehicles beyond recognition. Shops and residential houses across the road also got burnt.

At the time of reporting, the whereabouts of drivers of both vehicles were unknown, but officials confirmed that no one died in the incident.

The state fire service from Suleja put out the fire in the early hours on Monday.

Several traders were seen lamenting over the shops lost in the fire.

Governor Sani Bello in a statement by his chief press secretary Mrs. Mary Berje on Monday commiserated with people who were affected by the incident, saying that his government would support them to ease their losses.

Fadji Maina has emerged as the first scientist from Niger to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa).

The 29-year-old hydrologist was said to have earned her PhD in 2016, and joined the world-famous space agency in the US at the end of last month.

She stated that she will use her new job to give back to her country and the continent:

“I will say to them to not give up to keep going because everyone would think people from Niger, or a young girl from Niger, would not be able to do this. But just believe in yourself and find an environment that will support you. You get used to it also I think we need to have more people coming from different backgrounds to be able to solve the problems that we are looking at – because different people will have different perspectives,” she said.

Ms Maina also mentioned that she is the only African in Nasa

A total of 11,381.5kg of illegal drugs has been intercepted by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Niger State.

The drugs were said to have been sent by waybill to the owners in different parts of the state and beyond.

The state NDLEA acting commander, Isaac Aloye stated that well over 25 sacks of dried weeds suspected to be cannabis sativa, cocaine,  cough syrups, and methamphetamine, among others, were seized. Twelve suspects have been arrested in connection with the seizure.