Niger, officially the Republic of Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River. It borders Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Algeria and Libya to the north and Chad to the east. Niger covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 km2, making it the largest nation in West Africa, with over 80 percent of its land area covered by the Sahara desert.
Cannabis and all activities associated with it are illegal in Niger, and the country is engaged in an active drug awareness campaign aimed at students under the auspice of the National Police Commissioner.
The Niger CCLAD is tasked with combating drug related issues and are supported by the French government. According to local media, CCLAD and other security forces arrested 242 people between January and July in 2011, with 97 of them sentenced to prison. It was also reported that 655kg of cannabis was seized.