Niger Auditor: Ex-President Tandja Stole $128 Million

Reuters:

At least 64 billion CFA francs were stolen from Niger’s state coffers under the government of former President Mamadou Tandja, a spokesman for the state auditor’s office said.

Niger’s junta launched an investigation into potential graft during Tandja’s decade of rule after he was toppled and detained in a military coup in February.

The corruption probe has uncovered hundreds of cases of fraud through bloated government contracts and fake orders with more than 2,000 people implicated, including Tandja, spokesman Gabriel Martin said late on Monday on state radio.

What do you think should happen to Tandja? Should he be tried for corruption? Should he be freed, as some other West African leaders have demanded? Should he remain under house arrest until new civilian leaders take over in Niger?

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