Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ordered an investigation into corruption allegations against a senior civil servant related to the use of funds intended for handling a humanitarian crisis in the northeast of the country.
The director general of the National Intelligence Agency was also ordered to be suspended after the discovery of more than $43 million in an apartment complex in Lagos in what the presidency described as a “related development”.
A looming Supreme Court decision that could disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over corruption allegations had the country on edge Wednesday, as a drawn-out investigation related to the “Panama Papers” leaks neared a conclusion.
Disqualifying Sharif would leave his party in power, but it would cause intense turmoil at a time when Pakistan is experiencing modest growth and improved security after years of violence, and the civilian government and powerful military have appeared to come to uneasy terms.
Brazilian President Michel Temer said on Monday some of his cabinet ministers are likely to resign after being placed under investigation in a massive corruption probe, as he seeks to draw a line under a scandal threatening his sweeping fiscal reforms.
Last week a Supreme Court justice opened investigations into eight ministers – nearly a third of Temer’s cabinet – after they were accused of wrongdoing by executives of engineering group Odebrecht SA in plea bargain testimonies.
Javier Duarte, the former governor of Mexico’s Veracruz state who is accused of running a corruption ring to pilfer from state coffers, was detained in Guatemala after six months as a fugitive and high-profile symbol of government corruption in his country.
A statement from Mexico’s federal Attorney General’s Office said Duarte was detained Saturday with the cooperation of Guatemalan police and the country’s Interpol office in the municipality of Panajachel, which is a picturesque tourist town on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala’s highlands.
Several thousand young Slovaks on Tuesday protested in the EU member’s capital, calling for the dismissal of the interior minister and police officials for allegedly not doing enough to fight corruption.
Demonstrators at the rally organised by a couple of high school students carried signs reading “We want a better country” and “Fico defends thieves,” in reference to leftist Prime Minister Robert Fico.
Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-Hye was on Monday charged with bribery involving millions of dollars over the massive corruption and influence-peddling scandal that brought her down.
Park, whose impeachment was confirmed by Seoul’s top court last month, is at the centre of a sprawling graft investigation, which has also implicated top businessmen and brought millions of people onto the streets.
Crooked cops, greedy governors and pusher-prosecutors: corruption and drug crime reach to high places in Mexico, which is getting a jolt from US efforts to hunt down top suspects.
Analysts say officials have been getting away for decades with corruption in a country dominated by big, powerful drug gangs.
China’s foreign ministry said Wednesday that Interpol has issued a “red notice” seeking the arrest of Guo Wengui, a Chinese billionaire who has threatened to expose corruption at the highest levels of the ruling Communist Party.
Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang gave no details about Guo’s alleged crimes when announcing the Interpol notice.
For some in Brazil, the decision by a Supreme Court judge to place many top politicians under investigation for suspected corruption, including leading contenders in next year’s presidential race, clears the way for a new era in politics.
The sweeping probe ordered by Justice Luiz Edson Fachin encompassed all the likely presidential candidates from Brazil’s main political parties, including left-leaning former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva who is leading in the polls.