Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

False claims have been made that the finance minister in Niger was given 48 hours by the new military leaders to explain about sums of money missing from the country’s finances or face execution.

A video clip has been circulating widely on social media showing a man seated at a table in front of a microphone, sobbing and trying to compose himself. But this is not Finance Minister Ahmat Jidoud, because he looks completely different from the man in the video.

Some fact-checking sites say the video shows Niger’s former Justice Minister Marou Amadou in December 2021.

We also found a video was posted that month – shortly after the launch of a new research body involving Mr Amadou. Other images and video from that event show a person clearly fitting his description, wearing the same clothes and seated at a table addressing people in the room.

By Joy

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