News Briefing – Week of 11 January

The Nigerian civic group called the Civil Society Network against Corruption (CSNAC) submitted a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over a reported case of money laundering that would have involved the National Assembly between 2009 and 2015. According to the civil society, several members of the National Assembly repeatedly violated the Money Laundering Act (2004, 2011) in banking transactions leading to the withdrawal of approximately US$210 million of public funds.

A notourious Peruvian drug leader, Demetrio Chavez, who has been recently  freed from prison, accused Alberto Fujimori‘s government of being involved in drug trafficking. Chavez declared that he used to pay the government of former president Fujimori to fly drugs to Colombia from his private runway. He also criticized the candidacy of Keiko Fujimori (Alberto’s daughter) for the 2016 Peruvian presidential elections, saying that during her father’s government, Peru became a narco-state.

A number of high-ranking Venezuelan Air Force officers are on trial in the state of Aragua for allegedly being involved in drug smuggling. According to the declaration of the state prosecutor, a senior military official offered a monthly dollar payment in exchange for not reporting drug flights in Venezuelan airspace.

An officer from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Abuja accused of allegedly transporting 2.2 kg of cocaine. The drugs were reportedly sent from Brazil.

Over the next three years, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and its partners will be working across Africa to analyse transnational organised crime in order to create and implement strategies  to tackle and decrease this phenomenon. The European Union Commission awarded the ISS, UNODC and INTERPOL a grant to enhance African capacity to respond more effectively to transnational organised crime.