The Nigerian government has extended the state of emergency to new areas in the west of the country after the murder of eight people, including six French helpers, which will also restrict access to tourist attractions.
The six Gallic victims worked for the NGO ACTED and were on vacation during a visit to the Kouré nature reserve in the Tillaberi region. Along with them, the driver of the vehicle in which they were traveling and a guide, both of Nigerian nationality, were killed.
The Nigerian National Security Council, led by President Issoufou Mahamadou, agreed late Monday to extend the state of emergency to the entire Tillaberi region, which was already in force in parts of that area and throughout Diffa. The presidency reported on Twitter.
The government, responding to the “tragic events” on Sunday, has also spoken out in favor of facilitating an on-the-spot investigation, for which it has suspended access to the Kouré enclaves where giraffes are found, the main tourist attraction in the region Has .
“All defense and security forces have been mobilized to bring criminals to justice,” Mahamadou’s office said in his embassies. The counter-terrorism prosecutor has also launched its own investigation into the incident.