Two dead, 468 arrested following Niger post-election violence


Two persons have died while hundreds were arrested following the post-election violence that erupted in Niger.

Meanwhile, the Niger government has accused a prominent opposition figure of stoking the unrest.

According to the country’s Interior Minister, Alkache Alhada, 468 arrests had been made, “including certain politicians” whom he did not identify.

Alhada also accused a well-known opposition figure, Hama Amadou, of being “the main person responsible” for the unrest adding that even though he is currently on the run, he’ll soon be arrested.

Alhada said Amadou wanted to come to power by “setting fire” to Niger, accusing him of “murder, violence, unacceptable racist remarks and xenophobia”.

Violence erupted after the electoral commission declared former interior minister Mohamed Bazoum the winner of Sunday’s runoff vote with 55.75 percent, while opposition candidate Mahamane Ousmane garnered 44.25 percent.

Ousmane angrily disputed the result as fraudulent and claimed he narrowly won with 50.3 percent of the vote.

Abisola Adebayo

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