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Karim Wade, son of former Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade, and six other top officials of his government are facing probe for alleged corruption, the State Special Prosecutor has disclosed.
Karim and other former officials will be made to answer charges starting 15 November, Prosecutor Aliou Ndao confirmed in Dakar Thursday.
A suspect in the murder of journalist Ibrahim Foday, a reporter of privately-owned Freetown-based Exclusive newspaper, has been arrested by the Sierra Leone police.
Tunde Williams was picked up by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Police on.3 November at Kamakwei, a town in the north of the country.
Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa biggest oil producer, has continued to suffer huge losses in revenues from oil theft, the recent being a US$1.6 billion scandal.
President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed to curtail the losses, setting up the Petroleum Special Task Force led by the former head of the anti-graft agency, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu.
The 29th General Assembly of the ECOWAS Brown Card Bureau opened Tuesday in the Liberian suburb of Paynesville, with a pledge by the host country to contribute significantly to the success of the sub-regional initiative.
The scheme provides compensation to victims of motor vehicle accidents, which may occur within the sub-region as well as insurance coverage for third-party liability relating to accidents resulting in death or injury.
A prison watch and advocacy group in Liberia has decried the appalling conditions of holding cells and prisons across the country.
In its latest report, Rescue Alternatives Liberia (RAL) described police cells as having poor ventilation, unsanitary conditions and improper roofing as the worst case scenarios.
Following a barrage of contradictory statements this week over the treatment of political prisoners in Ivory Coast, the government has confirmed it shifted some detainees for ‘security reasons’.
Ivorian Prime Minister Jeannot Kouadio-Ahoussou said the transfers were necessary and partly intended to protect the prisoners, many of whom are former soldiers and supporters of ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, from threats of abduction.
By William Selmah
A lawmaker in Liberia has called for the withdrawal of one of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s sons from all public positions he currently occupies for violating the laws governing Liberian citizenship.
Mr. Robert Sirleaf is currently Chairman of the National Oil Company of Liberia and Advisor to the President.
The Standards Bureau has said it is working with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to develop a legal framework to combat the import and sale of sub-standard and expired goods on the local market.
The regulatory body said the lack of laws to punish defaulters is a major chalenge in deterring unscrupoulous businesses from engaging in the practice that endangers the lives of Sierra Leoneans.
The leader of the New Vision Party (NVP) has filed an injunction against the Electoral Commission to stop it from holding the 7 December presidential and general elections, claiming it was ‘not fit’ to hold the polls in the face of a bribery scandal.
Prophet Daniel Nkansah, the NVP candidate who admitted he bribed the two EC directors in a ‘set up’, asked the court to only allow the election if the EC sacks the officials allegedly involved in the scandal.
A new report by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation says 17 sub-Saharan countries are among the 50 economies making the biggest improvement in business regulation for domestic firms.
The improvement has been going on since 2005.