Senegal’s Macky Sall denies BBC’s corruption report in opposition to brother

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President Macky Sall was re-elected in February and has promised to deal with corruption

Senegal’s President Macky Sall has promised to “re-establish the reality” after a BBC investigation revealed his brother had allegedly benefited from profitable dealings within the gasoline sector.

The president’s brother, Aliou Sall, has denied the claims, which he stated have been “completely false”.

The president stated he wouldn’t settle for “false accusations”.

The report stated Aliou Sall allegedly obtained a secret cost from an organization which offered gasoline blocks to BP.

The investigation revealed by BBC Panorama and Africa Eye discovered that BP had agreed to pay Timis Company, run by the Romanian-Australian enterprise tycoon Frank Timis, between $9bn (£7bn) and $12bn in royalty funds for its stake within the blocks.

BP has stated that the Panorama programme was a “deceptive portrayal” of its enterprise in Senegal and rejected the accusations as “absurd”.

It alleged that Timis Company made a secret cost of $250,000 to an organization run by the president’s brother.

Mr Timis has additionally denied any wrongdoing.

President Macky Sall was elected in 2012 on a pledge to combat corruption in Senegal.

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A press release issued by the federal government stated the “severe and false allegations” had “no basis”.

The president stated individuals have been making an attempt to make the most of newly found fossil gas reserves.

“We all know that the place there may be oil, some will attempt to destabilise the nation,” he stated.

“I need the reality to be re-established and the federal government will do that now at once,” he stated at Dakar’s primary mosque, after attending prayers for the Muslim vacation of Eid al-Fitr.

In response, the BBC stated: “We reject this allegation and stand by our investigation. It was carried out to the very best editorial requirements.”

Opposition chief Ousmane Sonko has referred to as on Senegalese individuals to “mobilise massively” till authorities take “acceptable measures”.

The minister of justice has additionally spoken, saying it was a “non-public affair” that concerned a non-public citizen, including nonetheless that he did not imagine the accusations in opposition to Aliou Sall.

One MP, Aymérou Gning, has instructed native media parliamentary inquiry might be opened.

Frank Timis “likes to name himself the godfather of West Africa,” his former wealth supervisor, Philip Caldwell, instructed the BBC.

Mr Timis has enterprise hyperlinks in a number of African nations together with Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone.

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