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Niger Arrests and Questions Former Junta Member, Police Say

September 14, 2011

Sept. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Niger arrested army Colonel Abdoulaye Badie, the former second-in-command of the military junta that ousted President Mamadou Tandja and ruled until March, said police Lieutenant Sidikou Mamadou.

Badie was arrested about two days ago and is being held at the headquarters of the army in the capital, Niamey, Mamadou said by phone today. He declined to give a reason for the arrest.

In October, Badie was arrested, questioned and released by the then-ruling military administration. He had been the body’s permanent secretary until General Djibo Salou, who ruled the junta, abolished the post four days before his arrest.

Salou led the February 2010 ouster of Tandja, who attempted to extend his rule by changing the country’s constitution. In March, Mahamadou Issoufou won a runoff election to become leader of Africa’s second-largest uranium producer.

--Editors: Emily Bowers, Heather Langan.

To contact the reporter on this story: Djibril Saidou in Niamey via Accra at ebowers1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net.


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