Archive for Guinea-Bissau
The Nigerian government has condemned the recent attack on its Embassy in Guinea Bissau which left a Nigerian dead and several others injured. This was stated by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, who briefed journalists at the end of Wednesday’s meeting of the Executive Council of the Federation. Mr. Abati described the attack by armed personnel and militia as barbaric and inhuman. Some armed personnel and militia had reportedly stormed the Nigerian Embassy in a commando styled and unleashed the mayhem. The spokesman noted that the Nigeria government was responsive to the needs of its people and will do everything necessary to protect the interest of all Nigerians wherever they reside.
Soldiers have arrested Guinea-Bissau’s prime minister and interim president, power in the country’s capital was shut off, and the country’s state radio has been compromised. Although the military actions have faced sharp disapproval from the U.S. Embassy in Senegal and a group representing the West African nations, it’s unclear what’s actually going on other than an attack on the country’s prime minister and interim president. According to the BBC, military officials are holding Guinea Bissau Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Jr. and Interim President Raimundo Pereira captive. Soldiers armed with rocket-propelled grenades and Kalashnikov rifles also took control of the ruling party headquarters and the state radio station and rounded up politicians as gunfire resounded and ambulance sirens wailed in the capital Bissau, which was plunged into darkness as electricity was cut off. The country has seen six coups or attempted coups since the 1980s.
A 53-year-old man, who claimed he is diplomat from the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, received a record-setting fine of nearly $290,000 for driving 85 mph in a 50 mph zone through the small town of St. Gallen. Adding insult to injury, he was driving a car worth a fraction of the fine — a Ferrari Testarossa. In 2002 Swiss voters approved replacing prison terms for some offenses, including speeding, with fines based on your income. The Testarossa driver has an annual income of more than $820,000 and is worth well over $20 million. He was initially fined a little less than $90,000 by the local jurisdiction. That was raised to $145,000 by the next court after the driver claimed diplomatic immunity, saying he is diplomat from the Republic of Guinea-Bissau. That didn’t sway the court, which boosted the fine to $290,000. But he has to pay only half of the fine now. The rest is deferred and will be eliminated for good behavior.