Niger detains minister over suspected child trafficking

People walk by a campaign poster of Hama Amadou, one of the candidates to the presidential elections in Niger, on January 25, 2011Niger’s agriculture minister was remanded in custody Saturday in a politically charged probe into suspected baby trafficking from neighbouring Nigeria, aides said. One of the wives of Hama Amadou, the main rival of Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou, is among the 17 people including 12 women being held in the case since the end of June. Abdou Labo “was taken to Niamey’s Say prison after he was heard by a judge who remanded him in custody”, one of the minister’s aides told AFP. Private television channels showed Labo’s car as it left the Niamey courthouse under police escort.

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