Has Canadian UN Envoy Been Killed or Kidnapped and by Whom?
By Uwe Paschen.
The Conflicting news about the UN envoy to Niger is no longer making any sense.The Official version released by the Niger Government was so far that,
“Mr. Fowler, a Canadian aide and a local driver disappeared on Sunday. Their car was found about 40 kilometers north of the capital Niamey with its engine still running. Mr. Fowler was named special envoy to Niger by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in July.”
At first the MJN was supposedly responsible, latter Yesterday the FFR had made an announcement that it did kidnap Mr. Fowler and three associates this the FFR however is denying now in a recent communiqué release.
Further 40 Kilometer North of the Capital City of Niger namely Niamey, where their car was fund is an area so heavily Guarded and patrolled by the Niger Army that it is rather unlikely that any FFR or MJN rebel would ever set Foot in that area nor any so called bandits.
Yet another allegation has immerged by an unverified source in Niger that is claming that Mr. Fowler and his Associates where Used with out their knowledge by the Niger Government to set a trap trying to arrest the rebel Leaders with whom Mr. Fowler was suppose to meet in order to negotiate a peace agreement and eventual disarmament. The Niger Army ambushed the Meeting and the raid went sour, Gun Fire was exchanged, the Rebel managed to flee for the most and Mr. Fowler was most likely killed by Government Soldiers in the process. This being a rather embarrassing situation for the Government in Niger, that may now try to hide the death and staged a kidnapping in order to latter blame the Death of Mr. Fowler on so called rebel groups.
The other possibility evoked by the unverified Source was that he is still alive yet now a liability for the Niger Government and may be in their custody or on the run with some of the Rebels with whom he was to negotiate.
All this is getting more confusing and speculative by the Hour.
I for one do hope that we will hear from Mr. Fowler and his associate and that all four of them will be fund shortly and may they be fund unharmed. For the FFR or MJN to kidnap an UN Envoy does not make any sense nor would that be likely either.
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