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The Africa Report: 09 April

EWN's Africa Correspondent, Jean-Jacques Cornish, reports on the day's top African news.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - Reports have emerged that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has sabotaged an opposition coalition.

Naturally, Jonathan and his office have refuted the allegations made in the said presidential document, published on 3 April 2013 in the independent Leadership newspaper.

The four detainees are being questioned about the source of the document but are refusing to disclose any information on what allegedly details the president's calls for sabotaging an opposition coalition.

Having travelled the world with many Nigerian journalists, it is likely that the Nigerian police have bitten off far more than they can chew.

Thus, my sympathies lie with whoever gets on the wrong side of these journalists.



Congolese president "won't lose any sleep" over French probe into his ill-gotten gains

On Monday, President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Brazzaville said that France may not probe his ill-gotten gains on the French Riviera.

Whilst visiting France, Sassou Nguesso attended a meeting with his French counterpart Francois Hollande.

After the meeting, Sassou Nguesso answered journalists' questions about the probe, saying he will not be losing any sleep over it.

Transparency International has urged for the probe, which is now being undertaken by two Parisian prosecutors.

Reports have been issued, illustrating the scale of these so-called ill-gotten gains.

The investigation includes the conditions under which vast wealth - including French Riviera and Parisian residences, fleets of cars and other property - were acquired in France by Sassou Nguesso, Gabon's late president, Omar Bongo, and President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea, as well as some of their close aides.

Sassou Nguesso has hit back saying that the probe constitutes interference into internal policy - the hedge in which many despots attempt to hide.



A call for help to end Western Saharan conflict

On Monday, United Nations (UN) leader, Ban Ki-Moon, called for urgent international efforts to end the Western Sahara conflict.

This is due to fears that the Mali war will spill over into the Moroccan-occupied territory.

Ban called on the UN Security Council to strengthen the UN peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, where Morocco and the Polisario Front have been locked in a more than two-decade showdown over control.