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Brazilian police have detained former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and searched his house as part of a corruption investigation.

A police statement said evidence showed Lula benefited from a bribery scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras and that money was illegally channeled into his political party’s campaigns and expenses.

Police carried out 33 search warrants and 11 detention warrants on Friday in the ‘Operation Carwash’ anti-graft and money laundering investigation, including two in Sao Bernardo do Campo, the hometown of the former president.

Earlier, local media reported that Lula was being brought in for questioning in the sweeping corruption investigation involving state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro.

(euronews)

Several U.S. technology giants have formally backed Apple in its high-profile legal battle with the FBI over whether the company must weaken the security features of an iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino terrorist attackers.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo were among the companies that filed a joint legal brief Thursday in support of their competitor, the California-based Apple.

"If the government arguments prevail, the Internet ecosystem will be weakened, leaving Internet users more vulnerable to hackers and other bad actors," the statement said.

The FBI has asked Apple to write new software that would help unlock the iPhone used by Syed Farook, one of the shooters who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, last December. 

Apple refused the request, saying it cannot be asked to hack one of its own devices. The company says the creation of a "backdoor" could endanger a wide array of devices while raising privacy concerns.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Wednesday he opposes "a single technical approach" as a solution to the complex legal battle.

"I don't think we ought to let one case drive a general conclusion or solution," Carter said in remarks at a San Francisco tech event. "We have to work together to work our way out through this problem." 

Carter also warned that legislation written by Congress to deal with the issue "may be written in an atmosphere of anger and grief" and it may not contain the necessary understanding of current security technology to create an effective law.

Apple filed a formal objection to a federal order to assist the FBI on March 2.

On Thursday, six relatives of victims of the San Bernardino attack filed their own legal brief in support of the U.S. Justice Department.

"One does not enjoy the privacy to commit a crime," the statement said.

The Consul-General of Cameroon in Lagos, Nigeria, Dr Paul Ekorong a Dong, on Thursday appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to give waivers for more Cameroonian products to be in Nigerian markets. Ekorong a Dong said in Lagos that Cameroon had over the years been approaching the Nigerian government to allow more Cameroonian products into the Nigerian markets. Cameroonian products namely wood, soap, oil, chocolate and cocoa are prohibited to be exported into Nigeria by the Nigerian Government.The consul-general said the current trade relation between both countries was more favourable to Nigeria as there are more Nigerian products in Cameroon.

Ekorong a Dong expressed optimism that the waivers would enhance win-win trade cooperation between both countries. The envoy said that within the last four years, Nigeria had become Cameroon’s world largest economic partner followed by France. “Since our independence, France had always been our world largest economic partner, but today, Nigeria has taken over from France. “This is an indication of the level of trade and vitality of relations going on between Nigeria and Cameroon,’’ he said.

Boko Haram terrorists are currently engaged in a heavy gun fight with Cameroonian armed forces at Karawa in the far north region, a report is saying.

Local newspaper, L’Oeil du Sahel, said the confrontations are currently taking place in Kerawa along the border with Nigeria in Cameroon’s far north.

On Thursday, a civilian was kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram members at Idoua locality in the same region.


The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Supreme State Audit, Mbah Acha Rose Fomundam, has told representatives of State Audit institutions in Africa that the protection of public funds cannot be efficiently ensured if an organised prevention mechanism is not put in place.

While opening a three-day international forum in Yaounde on March 2, 2016 on the theme, “Preventing Embezzlement of Public Funds: A New Challenge for Supreme Audit Institutions in Africa”, Mbah Acha Rose beckoned the participants to make concrete proposals to enable the identification of activities likely to contribute to greater prevention of misuse of public funds.

In a ceremony that was massively attended by over two dozen cabinet ministers and members of the diplomatic corps, Mbah Acha Rose regretted that State Audit Institutions in Africa had not measured the contribution of prevention to the fight against embezzlement of public funds.

To her, decades of administrative and penal sanctions had not curbed cases of misappropriation of public funds at a pace compatible with the population’s expectations. “Prevention is better than cure. For many years, we focused on curing a disease against which we had not developed prophylactic measures of any significance,” she admitted. In effect, verification must henceforth be preceded by prevention, she suggested.

For three days, several themes will be tackled during the brainstorming forum organised by the Supreme State Audit Office in partnership with the Morocco-based African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD) and the Embassy of the United States of America in Cameroon. Speaking earlier, the US Ambassador to Cameroon, Michael Stephen Hoza promised that his country will always stand by Cameroon in preventing and fighting fraud as well as the misappropriation of public funds.

On his turn, CAFRAD’s Cameroonian-born Director General, Stephane Monney Mouandjo, addressed the need to sensitise managers on the real meaning of public funds, while insisting on a strong dose of ethics in management.

At the end of the forum tomorrow, participants will be expected to propose, if necessary, institutional reforms to be undertaken, best practices to be promoted, procedures to be formalised or new legislative or regulatory texts to be passed, to improve the efficiency of Supreme State Audit institutions.

 

 

Over 36,000 motorbikes in Douala (90 per cent of the total), be them commercial or private, are without number plates. Since they ply the road unidentified, it does not only pose great danger to the population, but contributes to the already worrying urban disorder that prevails in the economic capital.

To curb the prevailing situation, the Senior Divisional Officer, SDO, for Wouri, Naseri Paul Bea, last January launched a registration exercise, giving up to March 1, 2016, for motorbike owners to comply. Unfortunately, during an evaluation visit to the Douala I, II, III and V council areas on March 1, it was discovered that the exercise was still timid. According to statistics as at the day of visit, Douala V had not started the exercise, very few motorbikes were registered in Douala I and II, while Douala III registered an encouraging number of 210 motorbikes.

After the visit, Naseri Paul Bea expressed his discontentment and gave 30 more days for rigorous checks and repressive measures to be taken. “I am not satisfied with the outcome of the evaluation. I call on all proprietors, motorbike unions and associations to go to their various council areas and register in order to avoid the rigorous checks beginning on April 1, 2016,” he reiterated. 

It is only during the repressive phase that most bike riders will know the importance of identification. Since an unidentified bike is likened to a child without a birth certificate, the SDO encouraged owners to get their bikes registered. On her part, the Divisional Delegate of Transport for Wouri, Marie Delphine Nfong-Yette, said identification will curb crime wave since perpetrators will easily be identified through their number plates.

(Cameroon Tribune)

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