A controversial military trial is expected to take place in the capital Niamey on Tuesday, January 23. An increased security presence is expected throughout the city and related protests are highly likely.
Several senior officers are alleged to have plotted a coup d’état, which President Mahamadou Issoufou announced he thwarted in December 2015 as he was campaigning for a second term. Opposition parties and leaders have contested the allegations, demanding proof.
Individuals in Niamey and across the country are advised to monitor the situation via local media and avoid any form of public demonstration or public gathering due to the risk of violence.
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