Benin is a major destination for smuggled fuel from Neighboring Nigeria. A decision in May by Nigeria's government to end a fuel subsidy caused a dramatic rise in prices, increasing the appetite for smuggled fuel
The blaze erupted on Sep. 23 at a warehouse for smuggled fuel in the southern Benin town of Seme Podji near the border with Nigeria. Local residents said cars, motorbikes and tricycle taxis came to stock up on fuel at the depot.
With the closure of land routes between Niger and Benin, many people have turned to canoes and motorised boats to cross the River Niger at their peril. Since the coup on 26 July, the bridge linking the Beninese town of Malanville to Gaya in Niger has been blocked by goods trucks
Wednesday's (Sep. 13) deployment is the latest by Niger since the ECOWAS has agreed to activate a "standby force" to intervene in Niger and restore democratic rule by force, Niamey has strengthened its positions on the border.
The military in power in Niger said Tuesday evening that they had denounced a military cooperation agreement concluded in 2022 with neighboring Benin, which they accuse of "considering aggression" against their country.