News – Breaking News:  The President of the European Centre for Information Policy and Security, ECIPS Mr. Ricardo Baretzky said this morning in a private press interview with World News that the ECIPS obtained information that could implicates several African Banks who are potentially aiding terrorist organization by hosting their bank accounts and providing AML services to some.  The President stated that the banks in question has been placed on the ECIPS “Global Watchdog List” as potential risk to the European Union and that the commission of control of records will release the names of the banks involved in due course.

This is not the first time that African Banks of the African Union comes under scrutiny.

During 2014 the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in South Africa has seized $5.7 million for yet another arms deal between South Africa and Nigeria, reported City Press, a Johannesburg-based newspaper, that after the Standard Bank South Africa reportedly notified the incoming funds for suspicious transactions, however, the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), in a statement trying to justify the large movement of cash across borders for the purchase of arms, later confirmed  that the transactions were totally legitimate. The money was seized in both cases for allegedly being the proceeds of illegal transactions that so far could neither be proven nor confirmed by any legitimate sources. This case since went deed with the wind but now new information merged that could indicate that all is not what it seems.

Another such cold case is that of the notorious Terrorist, Madame Lewthwaite.  During 2011 Standard Bank South Africa were linked in the Lewthwaite Terrorist scandal. The notorious Terrorist, Madame Lewthwaite, had a loan of more than 20,000 rand from First Rand Bank, reports eNCA. In 2012, however, Standard Bank wrote off a loan of just under 30,000 rand made to Lewthwaite – Webb. Money she used to fund her terrorist activities. The NPA (National Prosecuting Authority South Africa) never prosecuted Standard Bank South Africa for their involvement to aid terrorist. Media 24 in South Africa reported that a  total the debt at about R180,000 rand ($18,000) was astonishingly written off one year prior to her exposure as a terrorist in fear or media exposure.

During October 2014 , $9.3 million in $100 bills stashed in suitcases conveyed by two Nigerians and an Israeli, Eyal Mesika, in a private aircraft belonging to the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, was seized at Lanseria Airport, north of Johannesburg known for its illegitimate diamond deals. The Federal Government later admitted it was behind the arms deal, claiming it was trying to procure arms in a secret deal to defeat the terrorist sect, Boko Haram. This claim still remains highly questionable.

During 2004, Wednesday evening of 6 October, the detectives from the Office for Serious Economic Offences (OSEO) Johannesburg, South Africa were called in by their superiors and told to be on standby for a “major operation” the following day. The South African Counter Terrorism unit (CTU} secretly brought an urgent court application in the Supreme Court that Wednesday evening seeking an order for search and seizure at a Standard Bank Branch in Pretoria. According to Intelligence NIA records,  the CTU operational team parked their official vehicles in the basement parking area underneath the old Strijdom Square in Van Der Walt Street next to the State Theater in Johannesburg. They marched through the deserted Standard Bank hall after hours and were met by a senior official of the Van der Walt Street Standard Bank. At the time Counter Terrorism Unite was headed by General Mark Hankel. Sources described to World News how surprisingly the members of CTU exactly knew which safe deposit boxes needed to opened in the massive underground vaults of the Standard Bank where the safe deposit boxes were also located. They identified a total of 16 boxes that were opened up by a locksmith. A total of R 18 553 767.00, cash, South African bank notes, were counted and recorded. An amount of foreign currency, Kruger gold coins, as well as diamonds were also found in the safety deposit boxes.

In February 2015 The Guardian News paper reported ” In South Africa Standard Bank accepts a letter verifying a person’s address from a tribal chief for certain accounts, while Postbank offers a Mzansi account, which does not require any proof of address but only offers basic transactional services and has a balance limit of 25,000 South African Rand (£1,362). However, international banking standards set by the intergovernmental Financial Action Taskforce recommend that people opening an account provide specific documents.

The above is only a few cases of many where African Banks has secured their position of freedom but those days might be over according to the international Watchdog of the ECIPS. The President of the ECIPS said that African Banks are to cooperate in the investigation and if they refrain could lose their international banking license or be restricted to financial access.

By James Lee NY exclusively for World News Tomorrow

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