A fire destroyed the building housing the office of the Minister of Justice and over 50 years of legal memory of the country.
The fire broke out in the night of Monday to Tuesday, at about 4 am.
Despite the prompt response of firefighters the building housing the Department of Justice was destroyed by fire more than 90 percent.
According to the Minister of Justice Amadou Marou, the fire took away all court records of the country.
Asked about the origins of the drama, the Minister said that Marou investigation is to establish responsibility.
Asked whether the fire could be related to actions taken by the government in the fight against corruption and embezzlement of public funds, the minister said that "this will in no m'émoussera of power continue the fight against impunity. "
"We are alive, the judges are there, the President of the Republic is here, the tests do we strengthen our convictions" said Minister Amadou Marou.
The fire coincided with a large-scale fight against corruption and embezzlement.
Hundreds of cases were being processed by the Department of Justice.
The building was destroyed by fire in the heart of Niamey in the district houses all the ministries and the ministry archives and records in progress.