The Niger government has just created a new Mobile Border Control Company in Birni N’Konni (south), near the border with Nigeria, to fight organized cross-border crime, have we learned Tuesday from official source.
The signing of the training agreement, which marks the launch of the first training cycle of 263 Niger police officers for the new company, took place on Monday afternoon in Niamey between the Niger Ministry of the Interior and Security EUCAP Sahel Niger (European Union civil mission for capacity building in Niger).
The creation of this company, the second of its kind in Niger, aims, according to the Director General of the Nigerian Police Souley Boubacar, “the strengthening of the Nigerien Police’s capacity to control and secure the borders through the establishment of ‘Mobile Patrol Operational Units’.
This launching ceremony is taking place, said Boubacar, “in a security context characterized by the persistence of terrorist activities and armed bandits circumscribed in the Sahel-Saharan belt of our country, attacks on civilian populations and armed forces defence and security that continue to plague Nigerian families and cause some psychosis among the population.
Indeed, in some of these border areas, Niger suffers abuses on three very active fronts of terrorist organizations, including armed groups and other bandits who have controlled southern Libya since the overthrow in 2011 of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, terrorist groups al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Ansar Dine and other movements based in northern Mali, and terrorist group Boko Haram, who has been living in Nigeria since 2009 and is spreading terror in the region of Diffa (south -is).
To this was added from 2018 a new insecurity in the south-west of the country, in the region of “3 borders” (Niger-Mali-Burkina Faso), maintained by other groups jihadists who endanger the safety of people and property.