For having picked up on the website of his newspaper “L'Évènement” a story from Mondafrique, the director of publication of this investigative media, who is also chairman of the board of directors of the Norbert Zongo Cell for Investigative Journalism in West Africa (CENOZO), received death threats on his smartphone.

Indeed, the story reveals the images of a luxurious home acquired by Boubé Hima, better known by the nicknames of "Petit Boubé" and "Ferocious Style". According to the article, the businessman would have been spectacularly enriched since the coming to power of the Nigerian president, Mahamadou Issoufou.

According to the Mondafrique "Petit Boubé is the best known of the intermediaries cited in the context of a smashing inspection report to the Ministry of Defense reporting false invoices, secret commissions and undelivered arms markets, for amounts are unprecedented in the country”. His name also appeared several years ago in "embezzlement of millions of dollars in arms in Nigeria, where he was allegedly the accomplice of President Goodluck Jonathan's special security adviser, Sambo Dazuki".

Unhappy to see his compatriot relaying such information about him, “the person very close to President Issoufou of Niger” did not hesitate to send written messages directly to the journalist's phone, threatening him with death.

The CENOZO condemns this act of cowardice and challenges the Nigerien justice system which has already registered the complaint of our colleague to be on the alert. Such barbaric threats should not be tolerated in any fledgling democracy. 

CENOZO also calls for vigilance of members and invites the defenders of freedom of the press and expression to mobilize to put an end to such practices contrary to the march towards strengthening the fragile democracies of West Africa countries.

 

No one can tell the story better in West Africa than journalists in West Africa, let your voice heard!

 

The Secretary General,

Boureima OUÉDRAOGO