Arrested for a few days in Conakry, the 48 Senegalese who were accused of wanting to sow chaos in Guinea were released yesterday. Their repatriation was in progress in the evening. Report of a terrible scam that ended in a serious state affair.
It must have been the trip of their life. The end of worries and the beginning of a promising career. Especially since the El Dorado is not far away. It is just a few kilometers from Senegal, in neighboring Guinea. Not enough to suffer martyrdom, to disorient itself. But the Guinean dream of 48 Senegalese baited by an announcement of QNet, which offered them work with the deposit of 500 thousand FCfa, will turn into a nightmare. If not the diligence of the State of Senegal, they would still languish for a long time in Guinean prisons. Accused of wanting to destabilize the Power of Alpha Condé, in complicity with 138 other West African citizens, the day after the great mobilization of the Guinean opposition against the supposed will of the current tenant of the Sékhoutouréya Palace, the fifty Senegalese nationals have been released yesterday after several days in police custody. Thanks to the diplomatic intervention of the Senegalese authorities, in particular the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which subsequently organized their exfiltration from Guinea. « What the Senegalese authorities want is for all of them to be repatriated to Senegal by tomorrow (today), » said a Guinean official who participated in the negotiations last night.
« Reported to Police by QNet Officials »
All started from the call for applications launched a few months ago, by the company QNet for workstations for a consideration of 500 thousand FCfa per candidate, as fees. The job in question was to be in Guinea Conakry. Several candidates from the sub-region subscribed to this offer, including 48 Senegalese who ended up in Conakry to do the job. Only this proposal was just a scam. Parked in concessions in the distant suburbs of Conakry, they finally bloomed and demanded later to be reimbursed. « Unfortunately, » says the source of L’Observateur, « it coincided with the protests in Conakry against Alpha Condé’s supposed desire to run for a third term. QNet officials took advantage of this combination of circumstances to report them to the police. « To throw them out.
They will be arrested at the same time as other West African citizens and placed in custody. « This operation sufficiently proves the recurrence of infiltration of foreign bodies both in Conakry and in major cities in the interior of the country, » responded the Government in the site of JA, while Guinea is experiencing a wave of demonstrations that have made a dozen deaths. 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, » added to the Afp a senior police officer who requested the anonymity. A statement taken by the online site of the Pan-African magazine which, at the time of the count, had counted only 46 Senegalese.
« Some showed signs of weakness »
But in total, some 186 foreigners were arrested by the Guinean State. These Senegalese, Bissau-Guinean, Gambian, Burkinabe and Malian citizens were presented as foreign forces recruited by the opposition to overthrow the Conde regime. The Guinean State, facing the revolt of the street, wanted to take advantage of the context to put forward the thesis of attempts at destabilization. And nothing is ruled out to make believe the involvement of a foreign hand in the internal affairs of Guinea. To provide irrefutable proof, the implementers were filmed and the images broadcast with great media to convince the people of the supposed intention of the « opponents of Guinea » to plunge the country into chaos.
When Senegal was informed by its Ambassador in Conakry, the former director of the national police, Anna Sémou Diouf, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the first place, Minister Amadou Bâ, his Secretary of State, Moses Diégane Sarr and on the instructions of President Sall, initiated proceedings for their release. In this relief and assistance operation, the State of Senegal has, in the first place, thought of hiring lawyers. Senegal then began talks with the Guinean authorities, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Justice. It was finally yesterday, after several days of prolonged detention, that Guinea Conakry decided to release them. And some at the end of the roll because of the detention, showed signs of weakness.