Niger’s main opponent Hama Amadou, who returned to Niger on November 14, was jailed on Monday to serve the remaining eight months of his one-year prison sentence for trafficking babies, his family told AFP.
« Hama Amadou was incarcerated early this Monday at the Filingué prison (west of Niamey) to serve the remaining eight months of his sentence, » said AFP a member of his family on condition of anonymity. « He introduced himself to the court before being taken to prison. »
« Saturday he had talks with his lawyers to discuss this procedure, » said the source.
Amadou, who has been in exile since March 2016, returned to Niger on Thursday to mourn his late mother’s death in late October.
The opponent, aged 69, was sentenced to one year in prison for his involvement in a baby smuggling with Nigeria and also involving one of his wives. He had been incarcerated in November 2015 on his return from a first exile.
In March 2016, between the two rounds of the presidential election in which he had arrived second without being able to campaign because of his incarceration, Hama Amadou, had been authorized to go to France for reasons of health. He had not returned to Niger until his return on Thursday.
He was nominated in August presidential candidate in December 2020 by his party, the Nigerian Democratic Movement (Moden), the main opposition movement.