The anti-corruption leader Wada Maman who was arrested last Saturday 22 August in Niamey, Niger, has been released on bail, along with eight other men who were detained on the same day. His arrest and the ongoing intimidation of civil society in the country continue to be a cause of great concern for Transparency International (TI). Maman is Secretary General of TI chapter, Association Nigérienne de Lutte contre la Corruption (ANLC).
At a hearing in Niamey, the Nigerien authorities charged Maman with participation in an illegal protest and two charges of damage to property. Maman did not participate in a demonstration on the day of his arrest which took place as he was travelling from his home to the home of a colleague. Maman is represented by legal counsel.
Further updates will be provided as the case develops.