The investigations conducted by Niger and France did not allow to determine the circumstances of the killing of three demonstrators during the clashes at the end of November 2021, during the convoy of Operation Barkhane near Burkina Faso and Mali. The Nigerian government announced, Tuesday 17 May, in a press release.
This military convoy left Abidjan, in Ivory Coast, to join Gao, in Mali, and protesters had been intercepted and stoned in Kaya, central Burkina Faso. The convoy resumed its journey before it was again cut off by angry demonstrators in Tira, western Niger. Three of them were killed by fire attributed to Nigerian or French forces.
On December 17, 2021, Nigerian President Muhammad Bazoum was Wanted by the French authorities Investigation into the clashes and ‘ordered an investigation’ from Niger. “Since the exploitation of the results of the investigation by the gendarmerie forces in Niger and the French army did not allow to determine the exact course of the events that caused the death and injury of the demonstrators, Niger and France decided to ensure compensation for the families of the victims and the injured”, confirms the press release issued by the Nigerian Ministry of the Interior. the amount of this compensation, “in equal parts” Between the two countries for both victims, not disclosed.
“Severe malfunctions of the device in maintaining order”
In a press interview Cross And UPS President Bazoum announced, on Wednesday, that he was not satisfied with the French investigation that It was to say that the French army issued warnings of lethal weapons. It concluded that its soldiers were not killed.. He went, “Perhaps it was the lethal means used by the French army for the purpose of warning, which had the effect of reaching a certain number of demonstrators and killing three of them children.”He said.
” But “he adds, If France has a share of the responsibility, so does Niger. We devoted forces to maintaining order and they were ineffective. The French had to extricate themselves, and had to use lethal means that could cause death..
Investigation conducted by the Nigerian Gendarmerie “He highlighted the serious shortcomings of the law enforcement system planned to manage this situation.” from Niger that “He led the French army to use force to free itself from the pressure of the demonstrators.”confirms his government’s press release. “The investigation conducted by the French army for its part, while acknowledging the use of force by the convoy to extricate itself from the crowd that threatened it, concludes that the facts occurred under organizational conditions through warning shots.”he adds.
In addition to the killing of the three protesters, 17 civilians, seven Nigerian gendarmes and seven French soldiers were wounded, according to the text. In the wake of these events, the Nigerian President replaced his Minister of Interior, Alcache Al-Hada, as well as the Commander-in-Chief of the National Gendarmerie, General Salifu Wakasu.
Paris and Niamey “We welcome their cooperation on this particularly sensitive file.” And Welcome to the obtained solution.greeting “Memorial of the deceased”As stated in the statement.