Connect with us

Metro

699 African migrants expelled from Algeria arrive Niger Republic

Published

on

Around 699 migrants from different African countries who were expelled by the Algerian authorities have arrived in Niger Republic after being denied entry into the North African country.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) which confirmed the development on Wednesday, said the migrants who were turned back from Algeria include two Nigeriens, with the remaining 667 from West and Central African countries, arrived Assamaka town in northern Niger on foot, the Nigerien town closest to the Algerian border.

“Of the 667 migrants, 648 were men, 14 were women, and 5 minors. They include 286 Malians, 166 Guineans, 37 Burkinabe, 27 Senegalese, and 25 Beninese,” the agency said.

“The group also includes 22 Ivorians, 21 Gambians, 21 Sudanese, 19 Nigerians, 14 Cameroonians, and 14 Sierra Leoneans. In addition, nationals from Chad, Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, and Togo are among those turned back.

“Some of these migrants are trying to survive in Algeria, often by begging, but many are primarily seeking to reach Europe.

“We are willing to aid the migrants who wish to integrate our program of assistance to voluntary return can be admitted at our transit center of Assamaka,” the IOM assured.

According to a United Nations report in early June, Algeria, which has no asylum legislation, has expelled tens of thousands of irregular migrants from West and Central Africa since 2014, often deploying crude methods like torture and human rights abuses.

Metro

Ugandan President Museveni promotes son to full General after threatening to capture Kenya

Published

on

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has promoted his first son, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, to full General which is the highest rank in the hierarchy of Uganda People’s Defence Forces.

The promotion of Muhoozi, which was announced by the country’s Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs in a statement on Tuesday, also said he has been dropped from his role as Commander of Land Forces, will continue serving as senior presidential advisor for special operations.

General Muhoozi had on Monday, sparked a storm on social media when he tweeted about capturing the Kenyan capital Nairobi, a statement the Ugandan government has since distanced itself from.

In a series of tweets which went viral before he deleted them, Gen Muhoozi who is seen as the heir apparent to the East African country’s Presidency, said he blamed former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta for not contesting for a third term in the August 2022 polls, adding that the retired President could have easily won the election.

“My only problem with my beloved big brother is that he didn’t stand for a third term. We would have won easily!” Muhoozi wrote on his Twitter account, (@mkainerugaba.

He then went on to tweet about leading the Ugandan military to capture Kenya and going on a tour of the conquered territory with his wife.

“It wouldn’t take us, my army and me, two weeks to capture Nairobi,” he tweeted.

“After capturing Nairobi, I shall take my wife on a tour of our district,” he wrote.

“I’m happy that members of our district in Kenya, have responded enthusiastically to my tweet. It’s still 2 weeks to Nairobi! After our army captures Nairobi, where should I live? Westlands? Riverside?” He wrote in another tweet.

However, following the backlash he received following the tweets, the 48-year-old Muhoozi took down the tweets and went to write that he was only joking with the earlier tweets.

“I’m glad that I have scared you Kenyans a bit! Two weeks is long. Nairobi in one week for sure! Aided by my brothers from Carnival!”

He then went on to assure Kenyans that he would never wedge a war on the Kenyan army.

Continue Reading

Metro

Liberian narcotics officials arrest drug trafficker with cocaine worth $100m

Published

on

Operatives of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) and National Security Agency (NSA), have arrested a 31-year-old Guinea-Bissauan drug trafficker, identified as Malam Conte, with cocaine worth $100 million.

The LDEA, in a statement on Monday, said Conte was arrested on October 1, following intelligence reports from the US government which has been on his trial.

“At about 1:00pm Saturday, October 1, the LDEA stormed the SONIT Liberia Inc compound and seized from there a huge quantity of raw Cocaine concealed among frozen goods owned by SONIT Inc, a frozen food company located in Topoe Village along the Japanese Free Way.

“The value of the confiscated drugs is about One Hundred Million United States Dollars (US$100,000,000).

“During a preliminary investigation by the LDEA, the suspect Malam Conte, a national of Guinea-Bissau, said he was asked by his international partners to follow the consignment and ensure it reaches the final destination. However, he did not say as to whether Liberia is the final destination.

“It was also established that suspect Malam arrived in the country with two other accomplices who checked in at the Royal Grand Hotel. The suspects later moved over to the Boulevard Palace Hotel where the LDEA was able to pick up additional information leading towards their syndicate.

“Meanwhile, suspects Gustavo Henrique, a Brazilian and Adulai Djibril, a Portuguese, who both accompanied Malam, were not in their hotel room at the time of our arrival.

“Suspect Malam is currently undergoing a full-scale investigation, while suspects Gustavo Henrique and Adulai Djibril remain at large,” the LDEA statement said.

Continue Reading

EDITOR’S PICK

Tech2 hours ago

South African calling app startup, Talk360, gets $7m seed funding following new backing

South Africa’s international calling app, Talk360, a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) startup, has secured an additional US$3 million in...

VenturesNow2 hours ago

Petrol prices fall in South Africa, Libya but cost of diesel keeps flying

Prices of petrol have fallen in South Africa and Libya but such cannot be said of diesel. The government of...

VenturesNow2 hours ago

Zambia sets for first meeting with creditors amidst growing fiscal challenges

The finance ministry in Zambia said it is set for its first meeting with its creditors as the South African...

Politics3 hours ago

Lesotho to hold parliamentary election as political instability rages

Southern African nation, Lesotho will hold its parliamentary elections on Friday despite political instability rocking the country following the inability...

Politics4 hours ago

President Tshisekedi of Congo DR appoints new military chiefs amidst growing unrest

The presidency in the Democratic Republic of Congo has replaced the head of the armed forces as part of broader...

VenturesNow4 hours ago

Kenya lifts ban on genetically modified crops as worst drought in 40 years strikes

Public policy reforms have continued under Kenya’s new president William Ruto as the president just lifted a ban on genetically...

VenturesNow4 hours ago

Ukraine promises more grain exports to African countries to tackle food crisis

Ukraine has promised to send more grain to African countries in a bid to tackle growing food insecurity on the...

Metro5 hours ago

Ugandan President Museveni promotes son to full General after threatening to capture Kenya

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has promoted his first son, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, to full General which is the...

Sports8 hours ago

Too Good, Too Bad: How African stars performed in Europe last weekend

With the return of football after the international break, African stars plying their trade in Europe returned to action for...

Metro1 day ago

Liberian narcotics officials arrest drug trafficker with cocaine worth $100m

Operatives of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) and National Security Agency (NSA), have arrested a 31-year-old Guinea-Bissauan drug trafficker,...

Trending