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worldwide, has labelled Yahya Jammeh’s host, President Obiang Nguema of
Equatorial Guinea, as one of the 10 “most brutal dictators in the world”.
Even though other heads of state that described him as “brutal tyrants” have joined the unpleasant list, Nguema, Africa’s longest serving leader, is “one of the worst among the lot”.
It is interesting to mention that lately Yahya Jammeh’s friend has not been receiving good or pleasant press coverage as Transparency International also put him and his country in the top of its “most corrupt”.
The corruption watchdog, further noted that Nguema, who seized power in 1979, continued to oppress his people and supervise a ‘’corrupt regime’’.
Soon after Human Rights Watch also repeated its publication that the “dictatorship under President Obiang has used an oil boom to entrench and enrich itself further at the expense of the people’’.
The Point has learnt that Equatorial Guinea has official representatives in various European cities such as London, Berlin, Brussels and Paris. However, several western human rights bodies and institutions across Europe continued to mount further criticism against the country.
In a response enquiring the reason why Nguema is still in power despite all the criticisms, an official informed this correspondent that “the EU still reluctantly maintain a political dialogue with the country’s authorities...but it is in order to raise amongst others important human rights issues’’.
The Point also understood that Equatorial Guinea is yet to receive financial support or funding from the European Development Fund (EDF).
This is mainly due to the fact that the “ratification of the EDF agreement was refused or invalidated...including the refusal to unreservedly accept Article 11 of the Cotonou Agreement on the International Criminal Court’’.
Europe is not silence regarding the faith of Nguema and his family, and his son named Nguema Obiang, is on trial for alleged ‘’corruption and money laundering’’ in a landmark case in France.
Meanwhile, respected French judges, Roger Le Loire and Rene Grouman, who suspect Teodorin of using embezzled funds, has issued an international arrest warrant against him.
The European media has already reported that France seized around 110 million euro-mansion belonging to the Nguema’s family as part of the corruption investigation against the flamboyant young-man.
On its part, the European Commission also updated the EU Air Safety List and currently Equatorial Guinean-registered aircraft are banned. However, the ban from EU airspace is said to be mainly on ‘’safety grounds’’.
Currently, one aircraft, the country’s Ceiba Intercontinental, is allowed access to Europe’s air space. It is currently operating from Spain.
Fifa has also expelled Equatorial Guinea from the 2019 Women’s World Cup for using ‘’forged and falsified’’ documents and selecting 10 ineligible players in its Olympic team’’. The country received a fine of about 75,000 Euros.
Undoubtedly, the United States is not keeping quite either and as result it reportedly forced Obiang to forfeit property after accusing him of ‘’shamelessly looting his country’’.
In a settlement, Obiang reportedly agreed to hand over more than $30m worth of properties, including a ‘’vast villa in Malibu, California, and a dozen luxury cars’’.
Despite the country’s abundant natural resource wealth, including oil, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund reveal that Equatorial Guinea has failed to provide ‘’crucial basic services’’ for its citizens. Thus childhood malnutrition and other vices continue.
Finally, enquiring as to how anyone directly or indirectly could ever seek redress against such a leader who is yet to join the International Criminal Court, The Point was informed that since Equatorial Guinea is an AU member, ‘’people can file complaints to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights’’.