Niger Parliament Head Flees Over Nigerian Baby-Trafficking Scandal


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The head of parliament in Niger will be interrogated as part of a probe into international baby-trafficking, sources said on Wednesday.

Hama Amadou is suspected of “complicity” in the trafficking of babies born in Nigeria and trafficked into Niger via Benin.

But Amadou, who is considered the leading challenger to President Mahamadou Issoufou ahead of elections in 2016, has denounced the charges as politically motivated and said it would involve a breach of his parliamentary immunity.

One of Amadou’s wives is among the 17 people, including 12 women, already arrested in the case since June.

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Source: #Vanguard

In a follow-up story by the BBC, Hamadou has fled as soon as the verdict went out that he could be interrogated.

Hama Amadou, considered a presidential contender in 2016, says the allegations are politically motivated.

His second wife and 16 other people were arrested in June accused of illegally buying new-borns from "baby factories" in south-eastern Nigeria.

The babies are allegedly sold for thousands of dollars each.

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Source: #BBC

[Related: Niger's Agriculture Minister Arrested for Running Baby Factory with Nigeria]


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