Guinea: several hundred West African nationals arrested
Hundreds of West African nationals have been arrested in recent days by Guinea, who denounces the “infiltration of foreign bodies” as the country goes through a political crisis, but this case could be related to controversial practices of a direct selling company.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the police arrested 141 people who were “confined in concessions” in the outskirts of Conakry: 84 Bissau-Guineans, 46 Senegalese, nine Guineans, a Burkinabé and a Gambian, said the government.
Other operations took place in several parts of the country, bringing the number of people arrested to around 300.
“This operation sufficiently proves the recurrence of infiltration of foreign bodies both in Conakry and in major cities in the interior of the country,” said the government, while Guinea knows a wave of protests against a draft third warrant awarded to President Alpha Condé, who killed a dozen people.
The action of the police and gendarmerie aims to “rid Guinea of bad seeds that have nothing to do here at this time of unrest,” said Sunday a senior police official who requested anonymity.
However, a head of the presidency, Lieutenant-Colonel Fodé Bakary Cissé, gave a different version, mixing security issues with the fight against practices deemed doubtful by a multinational established direct sales in Africa, Qnet.
The company, headquartered in Hong Kong, would have attracted young people from several countries to Guinea and sold them various products, for which they would sell them to their relatives.