Several Nigerian military, including officers, were arrested for "attempting to overthrow the regime" and "assassination attempt" of President Mahamadou Issoufou, elected in March, said on Tuesday a security source.
"Several soldiers, including a captain and a lieutenant, were arrested last Friday (July 22) and remained in custody at the police station to + attempt to overthrow the regime + and + assassination attempt + President Issoufou," he told AFP, without elaborating, that source who requested anonymity.
In its edition of Tuesday, the independent weekly Le Courrier evokes in turn the placement in custody at the police station in Niamey, a captain and a lieutenant accused of "endangering state security "hatched by" elements of the presidential guard. "
Documents on the establishment of a "National Council for the restoration of popular democracy" were seized from a civilian, who managed to "escape", says the newspaper.
The information in the mail could not be confirmed immediately.
The capital was buzzing for several days of rumors about a possible coup in the former French colony subscribes to coups since independence in 1960.
Former opponent Mahamadou Issoufou was elected March 12 as a result of democratic elections by the junta of General Djibo, who had overthrown in February 2010 President after ten power.
Invested on April 7 at the head of this Sahelian country among the poorest in the world but rich in uranium, he said to give priority to the development and the fight against Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), who commits the north the land of kidnappings, mostly Westerners.
President must be Mr. Issoufou Friday at the White House, with three other heads of state of French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa. The United States and want to express their support for the "developing democracies."
The EU decided in June to resume its development cooperation with Niger, in recognition of the democratic progress made since the coup of 2010.