Maybe we could put a reward out for the first WH traveller to visit.
Probably my final post on this! Niger (beyond Niamey) seems generally currently to be in the "Do not visit" category as recommended by most countries. It may be pessimistic, but it would seem likely for things to get far "worse" before they (if ever) get better. Across over 60+ years of travel I have seen many countries enter and leave the "Not available to visit" category - but the trajectory in this area doesn't seem hopeful. In 1974 I had even planned to cross from N Nigeria into Niger (but finished up spending all my time in Nigeria) - safety beyond normal care from theft etc wasn't an issue. We also visited N. Burkina Faso in 2007 without any concern - but not now!
Continuing my research thead on the T List Site of Logou and its relationship to the atrocities of the Voulet-Chanoine Mission in 1899 I have come across a documentary movie from as recently as early 2020 - done by an independent company (but primarily "for" the BBC?). In it, the British Nigerian ("Activist, Poet, Musician, Actor and Linguist" and Oxford graduate) Femi Nylander (who speaks Hausa), follows the route of the Voulet-Chanoine Mission and traces the atrocities and the ongoing impact of them to this day in the towns through which he passes and on Nigerien and West African cultures etc more generally. It is available on BBC iPlayer
and worth viewing if you can. It compares Voulet to the fictional Kurtz of "Heart of Darkness" (published just a few weeks before the Lougou massacre).
Notably he only follows the main Trans Niger highway RN1 and doesn't branch off the c 25kms to see Lougou - indeed, neither that location nor its "queen" (past or present) get a mention. This may say something about the road to get there, what is "on view" when when one arrives, or even the cooperation one might or might not get from the Queen - without which a visit might seem not worthwhile (though in general he finds plenty of friendly and willing participants).! In any case, there were plenty of other atrocities elsewhere along the route (and even a sacred shrine to visit which protected another village!). He is accompanied by Nigerien army/security personnel and 2 minders/guides/fixers the whole way.