Sunday, February 28, 2021

Africa

Nigerian Instagram celebrity Hushpuppi accused of laundering funds for North Korean hackers

New details have emerged about the case against Instagram influencer Ramon Abbas, who wowed the internet with pictures of his clothes, cars, money and lifestyle between 2012 and 2020. In July, Abbas was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los...

Nigeria’s central bank says it banned cryptocurrency over money laundering concerns

The Central Bank of Nigeria has explained why it banned cryptocurrency-related transactions in the country, claiming the digital currency is used for money laundering and terrorism. The regulator said this in a statement Sunday, days after affirming a 2017 directive to financial...

Zimbabwe’s ex-minister arrested on fraud allegations over state land deals

Former Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Petronella Kagonye was arrested yesterday on fraud allegations relating to the illegal parcelling out of State land in Harare and Mashonaland East Province. She is the third former minister to be arrested over...

Algeria upheld prison terms for two former prime ministers convicted for corruption

A court in Algeria on Thursday upheld hefty prison sentences against two former prime ministers who served under ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, a judicial source said. The judgement confirmed sentences of 15 years for Ahmed Ouyahia and 12 years for Abdelmalek...

Morocco arrests human rights activist Maati Monjib over money laundering allegations

Morocco on Tuesday arrested human rights activist Maati Monjib after an investigation over money laundering, a security source said. Monjib, 60, was brought before the attorney general at Rabat's court of first instance, the source at the General Directorate for...

Nigerian corruption agency says lawyers gave $12.9m bribes to judges in three years

A survey by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences has found that an estimated N9.4bn bribe exchanged hands in the judicial sector between 2018 and 2020. The report said the level of corruption in the justice sector was...

Former Tunisian presidential candidate arrested on money laundering, tax evasion charges

Former Tunisian presidential candidate and media mogul Nabil Karoui has been arrested on charges of money laundering and tax evasion, a Tunis court spokesman said on Thursday. Karoui spent most of last year’s presidential campaign in jail for the same...

What happened to billions of Covid-19 response money in Uganda?

As Ugandans began contracting the novel coronavirus, President Yoweri Museveni on April.03, made an appeal for public solidarity in support of the health care system that was already in a crisis due to limited funding. Dozens of companies and individuals...

Uganda arrests human rights lawyer on money laundering charges

A Ugandan human rights lawyer who represents opposition figure Bobi Wine was arrested on Tuesday on charges of money laundering, police said. Nicholas Opiyo is the founder of the robust human rights defence organisation Chapter Four Uganda and is the...

DR Congo Anti-corruption agency chief arrested in bribery case

The head of the Democratic Republic of Congo's new anti-corruption agency was arrested on Friday after his organisation was accused of taking $30,000 from the Congolese affiliate of a Nigerian bank. Ghislain Kikangalao, coordinator of the APLC anti-corruption agency "has...

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