Connect with us

Metro

Nigerien Communication Minister, Mahamadou Zada sent to jail. Here’s why

Published

on

A judge of the economic and financial division of Niamey has sent Nigerien Minister of Communication, Mahamadou Zada to jail for his alleged involvement in a high-profile embezzlement case.

The Minister is believed to have mismanaged public funds when he was managing a public company (Société de patrimoine des mines du Niger) between 2013 and 2021. The misappropriated fund is said to be about three billion CFA francs (more than 4.5 million euros) according to a judicial source.

According to the Nigerien press, the scandal exploded when the management of Taanadi, a local micro-finance institution, wrote to Sopamin a year ago to say it had not found any trace in its books of a CFAF 3 billion deposit announced by Sopamin.

The state-owned company manages the Nigerien state’s holdings in mining companies operating in the country, including uranium had been implicated in a scandal linked to international trade in uranium organised by the French group Areva (now Orano) over the sale in autumn 2011 of a large quantity of uranium for $320 million.

60-year-old President Bazoum came into office last year as the first democratic transfer of power after the government says it thwarted an attempted coup by parts of the military. The president has made the fight against corruption one of his main priorities, and recently revealed that “some thirty senior state officials, guilty of embezzlement or misappropriation, are currently in prison and will remain there for a long time.”

Metro

Two Liberian Maritime officials arrested for alleged rape in South Korea while on seminar

Published

on

Two top Liberian Maritime Authorities staff who were in South Korea for a seminar were on Saturday, arrested and detained by the Asian country’s police for allegedly raping two teenage girls.

The suspects identified as Moses Owen Browne and Daniel Tarr, were arrested at a hotel in the southeastern city of Busan after a friend of the victims reported the case to the police, the Busan police said in a statement.

Browne, Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), and Tarr, a Director of the Department of Marine Environmental Protection at the Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA), were in South Korea on a government mission to the IMO, which means they were representing the West African country at the programme.

According to a statement on the LiMA website condemning the incident, the officials were in South Korea attending the “International Maritime Organization (IMO) GHG SMART Practical Training and Study Visit” when this alleged incident occurred.

“LiMA unequivocally maintains a zero-tolerance stance on any types of sexual and gender-based offenses, and views these allegations of the conduct of its Officials as most egregious, having no place in any civilized society.

“Liberia Maritime Authority will fully cooperate with the Government of the Republic of South Korea in the investigation of this incident and vows to take appropriate actions, under national and international Law,” the statement read.

The South Korean police said it plans to seek formal arrest warrants for the two men which would allow them to hold the suspects in custody for up to 10 days before charging them to court.

Continue Reading

Metro

Interim Malian PM accuses France of stabbing country in the back following withdrawal of troops

Published

on

Interim Mali’s Prime Minister, Abdoulaye Idrissa Maïga, has accused its former colonial masters, France, of “stabbing” the West African country in the back following the withdrawal of the European country’s military in August.

Maïga who addressed the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) holding in New York on Saturday, criticised France for taking a “hasty” decision by withdrawing its troops from the country which is still battling to contain the incursions of jihadist militants and terrorists.

“The world will remember that, after being abandoned in mid-air on 10 June 2021 by France’s unilateral decision to withdraw the Barkhane force from Mali, my country was then stabbed in the back by the French authorities,” Maïga said.

“In view of the seriousness of the acts committed by the French, Mali, in its letter dated 15 August 2022, requested an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

“The purpose of this meeting is to allow Mali to present the evidence in its possession, demonstrating that the French army has repeatedly attacked my country.

“I would like to say that the Malian people have decided to take their destiny into their own hands. They fully support the government in rebuilding Mali and in returning to a peaceful and secure constitutional order in March 2024, following free, transparent and credible elections,” the Interim PM added.

France had withdrawn its troops from Mali following several accusations by the Malian government against members of its forces including extrajudicial killings, after its first military intervention in 2013, leading an effort to oust Islamic extremists from taking control of northern Malian towns.

The withdrawal of the French troops ended its nine years presence in the country in a bid to stabilise the country amid repeated attacks by insurgents.

Continue Reading

EDITOR’S PICK

Metro2 hours ago

Two Liberian Maritime officials arrested for alleged rape in South Korea while on seminar

Two top Liberian Maritime Authorities staff who were in South Korea for a seminar were on Saturday, arrested and detained...

Metro2 hours ago

Interim Malian PM accuses France of stabbing country in the back following withdrawal of troops

Interim Mali’s Prime Minister, Abdoulaye Idrissa Maïga, has accused its former colonial masters, France, of “stabbing” the West African country...

VenturesNow2 hours ago

Tanzanian Central Bank reduces economic liquidity to curb rising inflation

The Tanzanian Central Bank on Saturday said one of the measures it has taken to slow down rising inflation in...

Culture3 hours ago

(VIDEO) Nigerian Afrobeat star, Burna Boy locks down South Africa as over 100,000 attend ‘DSTV Delicious Festival 2022’

Nigerian Afrobeats star, Burna Boy, on Saturday night, showed, yet again, why he is the undisputed “African Giant” when he...

Metro5 hours ago

Terrorists strike in Northwest, Nigeria again, kill 15 in attack in mosque

In Nigeria, there has been another terrorist attack as a gang of armed men killed at least 15 people at...

Sports5 hours ago

Egypt announces plans to bid for 2036 Olympic games. Will they get it?

Egypt’s youth and sports minister has revealed that the North African country will apply to host the Summer Olympic Games...

Culture5 hours ago

DRC filmmakers, Balufu brothers, accuse Belgian producer, Thierry Michel, of plagiarism

Controversy has continued to trail the 2021 movie by Belgian filmmaker, Thierry Michel, “Empire of Silence” in the Democratic Republic...

Politics22 hours ago

Somaliland electoral body, SLNEC, postpones presidential election. Here’s why

Somaliland has postponed its presidential elections to next year from its initial scheduled date in November. The region’s electoral body,...

VenturesNow1 day ago

Air traffic controllers in West, Central Africa suspend strike for negotiations after 48-hour disruption

The industrial action by air traffic controllers in West and Central Africa has been suspended. The unions announced the suspension...

VenturesNow1 day ago

Trevali to close Burkina Faso zinc mine months after deadly flood kills 8

Five months after a deadly flood that got eight local miners stuck and eventually die at the Perkoa zinc mine...

Trending