For several weeks now, the clatter of Russian guns in Ukraine has brought up a very bad memory for Europe. That of war. European countries were prepared for it. Since 2014, when Crimea was annexed by Russia, Europe has once again become one of the hotspots of the global arms trade. In Africa, the acquisition of military equipment has clearly diminished – by 13% from 2015 to 2020. However, faced with numerous security threats – terrorism, transnational crime, piracy – the continent remains particularly affected.
The young man would park his motorbike outside the offices of the association Alternatives Espaces Citoyens (Citizens’ Space Alternatives), a stone's throw from Niamey’s sandy racetrack. Here, amidst the excitement that surrounded the association’s director, Moussa Tchangari (a community figure), everyone was familiar with the Japanese-made bike and its owner, Aboubacar Hima.
Between 2016 and 2022, this French-Lebanese businessman of Armenian origin was the main purchasing intermediary in the Burkinabe ministries of the interior and defence. A close friend of former President Kaboré, he fled as soon as Kaboré was overthrown.