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Movement for Justice and the Rehabilitation of Niger
Active September 2016 – present
Ideology Nationalism
Leaders Adam Tcheke Koudigan
Area of
operations
Niger
Opponents  Niger
China China National Petroleum Corporation
France Areva

The Movement for Justice and the Rehabilitation of Niger is a political and military organisation based in Niger. The movement is made up of Toubou. The movement announced its foundation in September 2016 as a result of marginalization of the community by the government of Niger. It promised to attack natural resource sites to achieve its aim for "fundamental rights."

History

The Toubou people have complained about being marginalised,[1] while they also have a high illiteracy rate due to the harsh conditions of the landscape in which they reside.[2] The Toubous people are spread across Niger, Chad, Libya and Sudan.[1]

Founding

The group's leader, Adam Tcheke Koudigan, announced on 7 September 2016, that the group would target areas near uranium mines. He also accused the government of neglecting environmental degradation near oil sites.

The Movement for Justice and the Rehabilitation of Niger wishes to inform... that we will take up an armed fight to obtain our fundamental rights. We are on the ground, ready... and when the time comes, we will attack Niger. The government of Niger has remained completely indifferent to our more than legitimate demands.

They further blamed China National Petroleum Corporation for "making millions of dollars" by ignoring the welfare of locals. However, an unnamed government official dismissed the announcement of intent as a "media stunt" and said that Koudigan was "insignificant and has no one behind him."[1]

Leadership

Adam Tcheke Koudigan has described himself as interim president of the group.[1]

References

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