- Guinea’s military junta has arrested the son of the late President Lansana Conte's for alleged drug trafficking, security forces official has confirmed.
Ousmane Conte was arrested after Saturin Bangoura, the brother of the late president's wife Henriette, confessed on state television on Monday to receiving thousands of dollars and goods from Colombia.
Mr Conte who was last seen in December during his father’s funeral was arrested late last night and taken to the main military camp in the capital Conakry, an official confirmed.
Local reports said the Guinean President, who made the statement Sunday at Camp Alpha Yaya Diallo, said that the junta will drive out the scourge of drug trafficking in Guinea.
Drugs have become a general security issue in West Africa with narco-dollars altering already weak economies of the region and also threatening democratic institutions according to the United Nation.
United Nations estimates that at least 50 tonnes of cocaine are shipped through West African region every year.
The head of the military junta in Guinea, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara has promised to ensure a fair trial for drug traffickers arrested by the National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD).
The Guinean junta, which is desperately seeking approval from the international community in addressing issues of concern to the poor African state have allowed the convict to seek legal services.
The country has arrested 17 suspected drug traffickers who have been handed to the court so far by the Secretariat of State in charge of special services body established to fight drugs and crime.
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