News / Africa

Nigerien Activist Urges Regime to Replace Anti-Graft Commission

The head of the junta in Niger, Major Salou Djibo (2010 file photo)
The head of the junta in Niger, Major Salou Djibo (2010 file photo)

Multimedia

Audio
  • Alhaji Iddi Abdou, a Niger human rights activist spoke with Clottey

TEXT SIZE - +
Peter Clottey

A human rights activist has petitioned Niger’s military junta leader, Salou Djibo, to dismiss and reconstitute the anti-graft commission of bias and ineffectiveness in rooting out corruption.

Alhaji Iddi Abdou said a majority of Nigeriens have lost faith in the ability of the anti-graft body to investigate and prosecute public officials who are alleged to have stolen state funds.

“Even the president [General Djibo wrote] to this [leader] of this commission to tell him [that] he is not happy with the work of the commission [since its formation]. They have been carrying out their activities very, very slowly.  The transitional regime has six months [before handing over] and Nigeriens are waiting to see the result of the work from this commission,” he said.

Abdou further said that a majority of Nigeriens embraced the anti-graft commission believing that it would effectively deal with corruption before a constitutional administration takes over from the transitional government.

Recently, Niger’s police arrested Seini Oumarou, a former prime minister close to deposed President Mamadou Tandja and three other senior officials on corruption charges. This came after the junta gave the anti-graft commission special powers to seize the assets of suspects ahead of a trial.

Niger's deposed long time President Mamadou Tandja
Niger's deposed long time President Mamadou Tandja

Shortly after taking over, the military junta vowed to investigate corruption during deposed President Tandja's tenure and promised elections within the year.

Junta leader Djibo recently said the anti-graft commission was able to recover more than $4 million only two months after its formation.

Meanwhile, in July, the anti-graft body published the names of 200 people it accused of embezzling and ordered the suspects to pay the monies they allegedly stole from the state.

Rights activist Abdou said Nigeriens are disappointed over the poor performance of the anti-graft body’s ability to decisively deal with corruption.

“People are saying that they are not happy [about the commission]. So now, it’s time for the president to change the composition of this commission. Otherwise, we are wasting our time. We are launching a call to the president to change this commission,” Abdou said.

You May Like

Multimedia Parents of Disaster Ferry Passengers Lash Out at Authorities

Twenty-nine bodies recovered from water but some 270 remain trapped on board More

War Legacy Haunts Vietnam, US Relations

US congressional delegation initiates $84 million Agent Orange cleanup project More

Wikipedia Proves Useful for Tracking Flu

Technique gave better results than Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Google’s Flu Trends More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politicsi
X
Michael Eckels
April 19, 2014
There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politics

There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
Video

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
Video

Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.
Video

Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
Video

Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
AppleAndroid