Niger (i/ˈnaɪdʒər/ or /niːˈʒɛər/;French:[niʒɛʁ]), officially the Republic of Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River. Niger is bordered by Libya to the northeast, Chad to the east, Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, and Algeria to the northwest. Niger covers a land area of almost 1,270,000km2, making it the largest country in West Africa, with over 80 percent of its land area covered by the Sahara Desert. The country's predominantly Islamic population of 17,138,707 is mostly clustered in the far south and west of the country. The capital city is Niamey, located in the far-southwest corner of Niger.
Niger is a developing country, and is consistently one of the lowest-ranked in the United Nations' Human Development Index (HDI); it was ranked last at 187th for 2013. Much of the non-desert portions of the country are threatened by periodic drought and desertification. The economy is concentrated around subsistence and some export agriculture clustered in the more fertile south, and the export of raw materials, especially uranium ore. Niger faces serious challenges to development due to its landlocked position, desert terrain, high fertility rates and resulting overpopulation without birth control, poor education and poverty of its people, lack of infrastructure, poor health care, and environmental degradation.
Niger, is term taken from the Niger River, which also refers to one of Africa's five political, Sports, and Geographical regions. Other administrative divisions include the Sahara, Congo, Nile, and the Kalahari regions.
SIMONKOLAWOLELIVE! BY SIMON KOLAWOLE ... I found it curious that Tinubu would make such a claim ... I am not surprised ... so, this is what has become normal in northern Nigeria? On Wednesday, terrorists attacked a mining site in Ajata-Abok, ShiroroLGA, Niger state, and massacred 20 soldiers and seven policemen who were responding to a distress call ... Snide ... .
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – At least 30 Nigerian soldiers were killed in an ambush after gunmen attacked a mine in the Shiroro area of Niger state earlier this week, three sources said on Saturday ...EmmanuelUmar, the commissioner for state security in northwestern Niger, ...
Authorities in Nigeria's central Niger state are searching for gunmen who attacked a mine this week and abducted several people, including four Chinese citizens ... Niger state Police Commissioner Monday Bala Kuryas said reinforcements have been sent to the Shiroro local government area, where the Ajata Aboki mining site is located.
The security agents were ambushed by the terrorists on their way to a mining site in Shiroro, in response to a distress call ... Reactions have continued to trail the gruesome murder of security men and some civilians at the Ajata Aboki mining site in the Erena ward of Shiroro Local Government Area of NigerState last Wednesday.
Cape Town - Armed men attacked a mine in central Nigeria on Wednesday killing security personnel and kidnapping ...Gunmen attacked the mine in Ajata Aboki village in Shiroro region of Niger state on Wednesday afternoon, according to the local commissioner for security, EmmanuelUmar.
“I am indeed saddened at the report of the cold blooded murder of 30 of our security men and some locals by dare devil blood thirsty terrorists who invaded the Ajata Aboki mining community in Erena ward of ShiroroLocal Government of NigerState on Wednesday.
The attackers on Wednesday evening “invaded” the mining site in Shiroro council area of Niger state which is prone to such attacks and opened fire on those present before fleeing with some staffers including the Chinese, according to EmmanuelUmar, the state commissioner for security.
Gunmen killed an unknown number of people and abducted four Chinese workers and some local employees after an attack at a mine in Niger state in northwestern Nigeria, the state's commissioner for internal security said on Thursday ... in Niger's Shiroro district.