Moroccan Customs agents have seized lately nearly two tons of cannabis in the northern city of Tetouan. Early January, over 13.7 tons of cannabis were seized at the Tangier-Med port. Last December, Moroccan authorities seized more than one ton of cocaine and captured seven people linked to an international criminal network specialized in trafficking cocaine between Latin America, Morocco, and Europe. International smugglers are trying to use the strategic position of the North African Kingdom as a transit point to the European market. The international community recognizes Morocco’s efforts and supports its policies to fight cannabis cultivation and trafficking.
February 14, 2019 12:44 UTC
Islamic State, ISIS on Wednesday claimed responsibility for an attack on the convoy of the Borno State, Kashim Shettima who was headed to a rally in north-eastern Nigeria ahead of Saturday’s presidential election. Security sources said earlier on Wednesday the gunmen opened fire at the motorcade transporting Borno’s state governor Kashim Shettima on his way from state capital Maiduguri to the market town of Gamboru for a rally. Two security sources said three people died. Official sources told Reuters earlier on Wednesday between three and 10 people were killed, and that some of them may have been beheaded. Islamic State West Africa Province, which split from Boko Haram in 2016, has carried out a series of attack on military targets in the last few months.
February 14, 2019 08:03 UTC
Nigerians go to the polls on February 16 in the first of two sets of elections to choose the president, national assembly and state legislators. In terms of regional distribution of voters, The Northwest region has the highest number of registered voters constituting 24% of the total registered voters. It is followed by the Southwest region 19.39%, North-central region 15.91%, South-south region 15.29%, North-east region 13.44% and the South-east region with 11.97% of registered voters. The position of the president, the national assembly (senate and house of representatives), the state governorship positions and the states houses of assembly. The presidential and national assembly elections will be held on 16 February, while the governorship and houses of assembly polls will be conducted on 2 March.
February 14, 2019 07:52 UTC
Al-Qaeda has seized upon ongoing efforts to secularize education and stop radicalization in North Africa in order to whip up Muslims into fighting against the "war on Islam" countries of Algeria and Tunisia. Algerian Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit publicly supported the decision of an Algerian school in Paris to stop a student from praying during the school day. "Students go to school for education,” Benghabrit said, adding that prayer "is meant to be done at home, not at school." If they are not confronted, the generation that will graduate from this system will have nothing to do with the original foundations of islam." Schools teaching Quranic study under the supervision of the country's Ministry of Religious Affairs are allowed in Tunisia, but independent madrassas are outlawed.
February 14, 2019 06:11 UTC
The Arbaoui brothers want to take business from CondorThe Arbaoui brothers, who have succeded in establishing themselves in the automobile business in just a few years via their [...]
N’Djamena, Feb 13, 2019 (AFP) – The publisher of a newspaper in Chad was given a six month suspended prison sentence on Wednesday after being convicted of defaming the brother of President Idriss Deby Itno, a court said. Judicial proceedings were launched against Deli Nestor, publisher of “Eclairage”, after an article in June 2017 incriminated Itno’s brother, Daoussa Deby Itno, in the fraudulent importation of sugar from Sudan. The article described him as “one of the barons of fraud” — a claim Daoussa Deby Itno strongly denied. “Dissatisfied with this article, Daoussa Deby filed a lawsuit against us for defamation,” Nestor told AFP. President Idriss Deby Itno is one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.
Feb 14, 2019 – The US carried out an air strike against Islamist group Al-Qaeda in southern Libya on Wednesday night, Tripoli’s UN-backed Government of National Accord said. The strike near the town of Ubari, some 900 kilometres (550 miles) south of the capital, was coordinated with the GNA, said President Fayez al-Sarraj’s spokesman. It targeted “a number of members of terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda”, Mohamad al-Sallak said in a statement, giving no further details. Libya has been wracked by violence and torn between rival administrations since the NATO-backed overthrow and killing of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011. The US military regularly carries out air strikes in Libya against Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.
Feb 13, 2019 – Two policemen and a civilian were killed on Wednesday in a village in remote southwestern Niger, a region that until now has been spared jihadist attacks, local officials said. Five armed men, arriving on three motorcycles, attacked a market in the village of Bagaji, an official for Dogondoutchi district told AFP by phone. An official at the prefect’s office told local radio that two gendarmes and a street hawker were killed, and the attackers “fled north” towards the regions of Tillaberi and Tahoua. It is the first attack by suspected jihadists in the Dogondoutchi area, officials said. Niger lies to the north of Nigeria, the birthplace of an insurgency launched in 2009 by Boko Haram jihadists that has spread across the Lake Chad basin.
February 14, 2019 04:07 UTC
Economy 11 counties promise high returns on investmentFarmers dry maize near Eldoret town. FILE PHOTO | NMGEleven counties hold better potential for investors with high returns expected from key economic segments at the devolved units. “Counties such as Nakuru, Kiambu, Meru, Bungoma, Kakamega and Nyeri have potential in agriculture and services sector. Service outputServices sector is broadly significant in many counties; but with scope for expansion in North Eastern counties,” the report states. Last year, the KNBS released in its yearly statistical abstract the agricultural potential of counties based on the amount of arable land and water availability.
February 14, 2019 03:56 UTC
Algiers, Feb 13, 2019 – President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sacked Algeria’s police chief on Wednesday, the interior ministry said, in a move that comes weeks ahead of April elections. The ministry, in a statement carried by the APS news agency, said Bouteflika had appointed Abdelkader Kara Bouhadba as director general of the national security forces (DGSN) to replace Mustapha Lahbiri. It said that Lahbiri would take up new duties without providing further details. Lahbiri was appointed head of the DGSN in June after Bouteflika sacked his predecessor Abdelghani Hamel who had been seen as a likely successor to the head of state. His decision stirred mixed reactions on Monday in the Algerian press, with one newspaper describing it as risky as “Russian roulette” and another welcoming his pledge of reforms.
February 14, 2019 03:45 UTC
The two Monarchs are also both resolved to have their countries contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in the Mediterranean basin and beyond. This shared strategic vision was translated again on Tuesday with the signing of eleven agreements on the multidimensional strategic partnership binding the two countries. As a symbol of this enduring partnership, political and economic relations are constantly growing, making of Spain Morocco’s leading supplier and customer for five years in a row. Besides, given the geographical proximity between the two kingdoms, more than 1,000 Spanish companies are operating in Morocco and nearly one million Moroccans are settled in Spain. The dynamic economic cooperation between Spain and Morocco has thus enabled the two neighboring countries to become important trading and financial partners who seek to set up an innovative North-South partnership.
February 14, 2019 00:45 UTC
Le Piston, a French company manufacturing airplane and helicopter parts, will set up its second plant in Morocco for a total investment of €5 million, Moroccan media said. The plant will be built in Casablanca over 4000 square meters and will produce parts that range up to 1.20 meters, Le Piston President said. Morocco has identified the aeronautical industry as one of the levers of its industrial strategy along with the automotive industry. Morocco’s aeronautical industry is expected to grow by 20% in the next five years with promising prospects as exports hit $1.2 billion in 2017. So far, 100% of Boeing cables are made in Morocco where 135 suppliers have set up production plants.
February 14, 2019 00:33 UTC
Feb 13, 2019 – Three prisoners convicted of killing a police officer were hanged in Egypt on Wednesday, bringing to six the number of executions carried out by Egyptian authorities in two weeks, Amnesty said. Amnesty International’s Najia Bounaim condemned the “alarming escalation in executions so far this year” in Egypt after the three were hanged for the 2013 murder of senior police officer Nabil Farag. Use of the death sentence is “appalling under any circumstances, but it is even more so given that all six execution victims were sentenced based on confessions they said were extracted under torture”, said Bounaim. “The shocking flaws in Egypt’s justice system have seen hundreds sentenced to death after grossly unfair trials in recent years,” Bounaim said. “The Egyptian authorities should stop all further executions and immediately establish an official moratorium on executions.”Human Rights Watch last week condemned the hanging of three young “political detainees” convicted of murdering the son of a judge in September 2013.
February 14, 2019 00:33 UTC
Morocco and Spain are on way to further diversify their bilateral partnership with the signing of eleven cooperation agreements in different fields. In this respect, a Memorandum of Understanding on the multidimensional strategic partnership was signed between the Spanish and Moroccan foreign ministries. In the field of culture, an agreement was signed to hand the Cervantes theatre in Tangier to Morocco. In the realm of security, the interior ministries of the two countries signed an agreement in the fight against criminality. Spain and Morocco’s ministries of energy also signed a strategic partnership on energy including a MoU to establish a third electricity interconnectivity.
February 13, 2019 23:03 UTC
Counties More arrests loom as EACC ends maize scandal probeEthics and Anti-Corruption Commission Central Region Deputy Director Jackson Mue. “We expect to make more arrests in the ongoing crackdown on suspects linked to the scandal and arraign them,” said Mr Mue. Mr Mue exonerated EACC staff against claims that they were involved in extortion of money from traders in Nandi County. Several people among them timber dealers, traders and bank officials have complained over harassment by the alleged rogue EACC officials. “We have launched investigations into individuals who have been impersonating EACC officials and extorting money from the public,” said Mr Mue.
February 13, 2019 18:56 UTC