Nigeriens went to the polls today to vote in the nation’s general elections. Most polls opened up at around 8 A.M, according to media reports.
The nation’s security services were on high alert due to fears of a possible jihadist attack.
President Mahamadou Issoufou is running for his second term. His primary opponent, Hama Amadou, for allegedly trafficking babies. However, Mr. Amadou has denied any involvement in human trafficking.
The election is expected to be close, with many observers stating that a runoff election is very likely.
Nigeria is rich natural resources and is considered a key ally in the fight against Islamists in the Sahel region by Western powers.