Algeria's powerful police chief Gen Abdelghani Hamel sacked Image copyright AFP Image caption Abdelghani Hamel used to head the Republican Guard, responsible for the president's security Algeria's Abdelaziz Bouteflika has sacked his powerful police chief, who was seen as a possible successor to the 81-year-old head of state.
Gen Abdelghani Hamel had led the police since 2010.
No reason was given for the 62-year-old's dismissal but it comes amid a drug-trafficking scandal that has shaken the establishment.
The police have denied media reports that the general's personal chauffeur was involved in smuggling cocaine.
BBC Africa Live: More on this and other stories Behind the ousting of Algeria's secretive spy chief However, the force admitted that one of its fleet of drivers had been arrested in connection with the case involving the seizure of more than 700kg (1,540lb) of cocaine from a container ship in May.
The shipment, destined for a prominent business..
l-r,Albert Siaw-Boateng, Director Free movement and Mr. Konzi Tei, Commissioner for Customs, Trade,Free Movement Abuja, 27th June 2018. The Ambassador of Spain to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Nigeria, Marcelino Cabanas Ansorena reiterated the commitment of the Spanish government to support Member States in harmonizing migration policies and promoting free movement of people, goods and services.
The Ambassador made this known at the 11th meeting of the ECOWAS/Spanish fund on migration and development on 26th June 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria.
The ECOWAS Commissions’ Commissioner for Trade, Customs and Free Movement, Konzi Tèi, in his comments during the meeting stated that free movement and the management of migration is one of the pillars of regional integration in West Africa.
‘Hence the meeting has been convened in order to consider proposals for ensuring that realistic and effective corrective actions are implemented in migration and the development of the..
l-r,Mrs. Koroma and Mr. Schlagheck Abuja, 27th June 2018. The Vice President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mrs. Finda Koroma reiterated the Commissions’ commitment to cooperating with the German government in order to address the menace of illegal migration and its effects on the region.
Mrs. Finda Koroma emphasized this while receiving the Ambassador of Germany to ECOWAS and Nigeria, Dr. Bernhard Schlagheck during a courtesy visit to the ECOWAS Commission on 26th June 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria.
She described the illegal migration of youth in the region as a ‘brain drain’ which affects the economy of ECOWAS Member States as they could be gainfully employed, pay taxes and contribute meaningfully to the society.
The Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission noted that the youth in the poorest areas of West Africa are more susceptible to illegal migration due to lowly standards of living and insufficient employment opportunities.
On his part, ..
L-R Ligbi Midjida(DPKRS), Nikiema Dieudonne, Stefania Marrone,Dr. Ajibewa, Mr. Arthur. Obayuwana and Tunji Olonode Abuja, 27th June 2018. In order to help consolidate its peace building and conflict resolution processes, the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has enjoined journalists in the region to be conflict sensitive reporters.
Opening a 3-Day Workshop on the role of the media in promoting peace and security in West Africa on the 25th of June 2018, in Abuja, Nigeria, the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) General Francis Behanzin, said the exercise will enable the building of effective channels of communication, visibility and networking towards the successful implementation of ECOWAS peace and security agenda.
Speaking through the Director, Political Affairs Dr. Aderemi Ajibewa, the Commissioner charged the journalists, drawn from the 15-Member States of the Community, to be committed to the attain..
Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa believes political faction tried to kill him Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Mnangagwa said "aggrieved persons" were likely to be behind the attempt on his life The President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, said he suspects a group linked to the former first lady was behind an attempt on his life.
Two people died and more than 40 were injured in an explosion near Mr Mnangagwa at a rally in Bulawayo.
Mr Mnangagwa told the BBC's Fergal Keane that he suspected the G40 group, which supported Grace Mugabe for the presidency, had carried out the attack.
Mrs Mugabe's husband, Robert Mugabe, was removed from power last year.
Widespread suspicion that Mrs Mugabe intended to succeed her husband as the country's leader was a contributing factor to the political transition, and the army's involvement in it.
Mr Mnangagwa did not accuse Mrs Mugabe of being involved in the attempt on his life.
In his first interview since the attack, he told th..
Letter from Africa: Snapping at the heels of Zimbabwe's 'crocodile' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Campaigning had been largely peaceful until an attack on a rally for President Mnangagwa In our series of letters from Africa, journalist-turned-barrister Brian Hungwe takes a look at a crowded field ahead of presidential polls in Zimbabwe, and the ugly face of violence that has just come to grip the electoral playing field.
Zimbabweans have got used to holding elections under a cloud of fear over the past few decades, and so the blast which tore through a rally on Saturday came as an unwelcome reminder.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the incident at a rally in the second city Bulawayo, which appears to have been a bomb attack, was an attempt by his enemies to assassinate him.
It's difficult to know where the blame lies at this stage, but a cloud of angst now hangs above a country heading into an unpredictable election which up until now had been marked by a ..