Ex-president Salou Djibo prepares his comeback
Salou Djibo, who once toppled Mamadou Tandja in a coup d'état, plans to return to Niger to get his political party back on its feet after several years working for ECOWAS in Abuja.
The French police financial brigade, which is investigating Areva's loss-making sale of five million tonnes of Nigerien uranium in 2011, is looking to see if two companies involved in the sale are linked to Niger's political leadership.
Nigerian billionaire Alhaji Dahiru Mangal, who dominates the business sector in the border regions of Nigeria and Niger, is making great efforts to ensure that Mahamadou Issoufou's planned handover to his right-hand man Mohamed Bazoum does not jeopardise his interests in Niamey.
Alkache Alhada, who has taken over from Mohamed Bazoum at the strategically important Nigerien interior ministry, is on very good terms with President Mahamadou Issoufou. He also has longstanding links with the "Mr Africa" of the French socialist party, Guy Labertit, and the former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo.