News Briefing – Week of 12 October

The British Government has started delivering fundings to Peru for the establishment of a new surveillance centre to intercept phone calls of up to 100 drugtraffickers.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested a Kenyan Airways profiler at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos for allegedly exporting 3.1 kg of cannabis to Dubai.

Former Tuareg rebels in northern Mali and rival pro-government armed groups allegedly signed a peace deal after two months of violence. Mali’s northern areas have been struggling for stability since the country gained independence in 1960.

Peru’s Defense Minister announced an investigation into alleged military corruption connected to drug trafficking and drug production. The investigation will be carried out with the support of the Peruvian joint armed forces command.

Seven Costa Rican nationals were arrested as suspected of smuggling cocaine to the United States and to Europe. According to the authorities in Costa Rica, the smugglers would be connected to a crime ring linked to the Italian mafia, run out of a pizzeria in New York.

Five people, including a senior police officer, were arrested in Johannesburg as suspected of being part of a drug trafficking syndicate. The six subjects will be appearing in court on charges of drug dealing and corruption.

The NDLEA arrested an alleged member of an international criminal organisation, who was boarding a Qatar Airline flight to China while transporting 108 ATM debit cards belonging to five commercial banks. The suspect was transferred to the Assets and Financial Investigation Directorate of the NDLEA.

The British Treasury, with the British Home Office released the UK national risk assessment of money laundering and terrorist financing (NRA). The document aims to identify, understand and assess the money laundering and terrorist financing risks faced by the UK.

Anti-corruption authorities in Ghana launched social media platforms to enable citizens to report and document acts of corruptions in state institutions.

Peruvian authorities arrested three Peruvians and an Italian allegedly involved in fabricating fake dollars and planning to export them to the United States.