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Ex Angolan minister Augusto Tomas arrested over corruption

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Angolan authorities arrested and charged Mr Augusto da Silva Tomás, a former transport minister, over corruption allegations.

Tomás was arrested on Friday over crimes of corruption and embezzlement and is confined at São Paulo prison.



He is the first top government official arrested over corruption allegations since independence from Portugal in 1975.

Tomás served as a government official under Dos Santos’s government and was fired in June, 2018 by President João Lourenço.

In 2008, former president José Eduardo dos Santos appointed him as the country’s transport minister after serving as the state secretary for the state-owned business sector.

He also served as economy and finance minister (1995-1996), Cabinda province governor (1991-1995), industry and commerce deputy minister (1990-1991), and industry deputy minister (1989-1991).

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President Lourenço took over from José Eduardo dos Santos in August, following an election, marking the end of a 38-year reign.

Lourenço has fought against corruption and fired government officials linked with his predecessor.

He has fired Ms Isabel dos Santos, dos Santos’s first daughter from the top job at Sonangol, the state-owned oil company as well as her half-brother José Filomeno dos Santos “Zenu” from the leadership of Angola’s sovereign wealth fund.

Ms Santos now faces several graft investigations while his brother has been charged with misappropriating public funds.

On Wednesday, Angolan prosecutors dropped corruption charges against a former army chief of staff Geraldo Sachipengo Nunda who was sacked in April by Mr Lourenço.

According to the country’s top court, the charges against General Nunda were dropped because of lack of evidence.

Eight other accused, including a spokesperson for the ruling party, four Thai nationals, a Canadian and an Eritrean national were placed under house arrest in connection to a $50 billion fraud.

Their trials are expected to begin before the end of the month.

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Nigeria: Activist freed after months of detention

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Omoyele Sowore a Nigerian human rights activist, pro-democracy campaigner, and founder of an online news agency Sahara Reporters has been released.

On August 3, 2019 Sowore was arrested by the Nigerian Department of Security Services (DSS) for alleged treason after calling for a protest tagged Revolution now.

A judge in Abuja ordered the secret police to free Mr Sowore and pay a fine for their repeated refusal to comply with court rulings on the case.

The police had previously refused to grant him bail, despite being told to do so.

He has pleaded not guilty to treason, money laundering and cyber-stalking.

Human rights campaigners say the case is part of a broader move to restrict freedom of speech in Nigeria.

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Nigeria: Court sentenced Orji kalu to 12 years in prision

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President Muhammadu Buhari regime has so far tackle corruption as promised to Nigerians before affirming the Nigerian president.

Though, one can not say whether his efforts are being recognize by Nigerian citizens after coming under criticism with his reform plans.

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday sentenced a former Governor of Abia, Orji Kalu, to 12 years’ imprisonment for N7.2 billion fraud and money laundering.

Orji Kalu is a business tycoon who served as the governor of Abia State, Nigeria from May 29, 1999, to May 29, 2007. Prior to his election, he served as the chairman of the Borno Water Board and the chairman of the Cooperative and Commerce Bank Limited.

Kalu was also a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) and the chairman of the PPA Board of Trustees.

He was the party’s presidential candidate in the April 2007 general election. He is currently a member of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) after he officially announced his resignation as a PPA BOT.

The court convicted Kalu, now a senator, on all the 39 counts preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission charge.

Kalu was charged alongside a former Commissioner for Finance, in the state Jones Udeogo, and his company, Slok Nig. Ltd.

While Kalu and his company were found guilty of all the 39 counts, Udeogo was convicted on 34 counts and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.

The court ordered that the Slok Nig. Ltd. be wound up and its assets forfeited to the Federal Government

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