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CAPPA’s Report On Lekki Toll Gate Shootings Raises Fresh Questions (See Video)

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One year after the unfortunate killings of Youths at the Toll Gate Lekki Endears rally ground by men of Nigeria security agencies, CAPPA, a corporate accountability body has raised more questions than answers to the incident.
In  a speech by Akinbode Oluwafemi, Executive Director of Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) at media presentation of LIES AND THE HAIL OF BULLETS to commemorate one year of the #ENDSARS Lekki Tollgate Shootings, the CAPPA boss said it gives to ”us at Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa pleasure to welcome you to this sad but unavoidable one year remembrance of the Lekki Tollgate shootings which we are commemorating with the media presentation of the report – LIES AND THE HAIL OF BULLETS.
”October 20, marked exactly one year since the shootings happened. As you all know, on that day the world watched in shock as Nigerian military forces descended on peaceful #EndSARS protesters in Lekki area of Lagos, shooting some to death and maiming many of them.
”The young protesters were part of a massive people’s movement across Nigeria challenging years of brutal and inhumane acts by the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, commonly known as SARS whose officers were involved in the profiling of young Nigerians, mounting of illegal roadblocks where they conducted unwarranted checks, arrests, detention of suspects without trial, rape of women, and a host of other inhuman actions.
”Most of the victims of the abuses of these acts were young Nigerians.
Rather than heed the Five for five demands of youths, by evening of October , 20, 2021 soldiers, policemen and gunmen in mufti opened fire on the hapless protesters killing many and maiming several others.
Even after the drama of the night of October 20, the police have also been accused of storming the homes of some of the Lekki Tollgate protesters who escaped the scene of the shootings, arresting many without warrant and whisking them to unknown destinations. The bank accounts of some of the sponsors of the protests were also frozen in a manner reminiscent of the military era.
”As more human rights abuses come to light, the general feeling among Nigerians is that the victims of the Lekki mayhem and those unjustly targeted by the Nigerian state may not get justice. This feeling was further reinforced when the Nigerian police and the Nigerian army invited to Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution inaugurated by the Lagos state government to investigate cases of police brutality started making contradictory statements about the events of that night.
The army initially denied sending troops to shoot at armless protesters. In fact, on its official Twitter handle, it made the denial six times, asking people to “Beware of fake news”.
”Also, on its Facebook page, it debunked a report on the incident, saying: “No soldiers were at the scene”.
From the initial denial about the shootings, the debate escalated to who authorized the army to invade the venue and whether there were shootings or not.
There are still no answers.    The need to  shed light on the tick  darkness of October 20, 2020 informed the report: https://endsars.cappaafrica.org/: #ENDSARS The Story of Lekki Shootings By Survivors”
The CAPPA boss further submitted what he tagged highlights of the development’s report:
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REPORT
• Timeline of the #EndSARS protests which began on October 3, 2020
• Testimonies of 16 victims of state brutality during the #EndSARS protests
• Update of the sittings of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution inaugurated by the Lagos state government to investigate cases of police brutality
Over the course of six months, CAPPA strenuously identified and interviewed some of the young victims of state brutality who were ready to speak and captured their tales of woe. The graphic details are captured for posterity’s sake.
Questions and Many More Unanswered Questions
• 1, Who authorized the Lekki Shootings
• 2, Who is the Senior Military Man that asked the soldiers to stop shooting
• 3, Who were the men in white
• 4, Why won’t hospitals release have extracted bullets from victims
• 5, Why the desperate, orchestrated cover up from government, its paid agents and  proxies”
Submitting that ENDSARS Will Not Die, the CAPPA boss opined that Nigerians youths have spoken and government must listen.
”Enough is enough! There must be end to police brutality in Nigeria. Nigerians are all demanding just and accountable government
There is no democracy without dissent, we are saying to attempts to erode our right to basic freedoms as citizens.
Nigeria from the ashes of #ENDSARS  to a nation of freedoms, dignity and human right” he concluded.

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HAVING A FIRSTBANK SALARY ACCOUNT CAN EASE YOUR MONEY PROBLEMS, FIND OUT HOW…

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“There is always a lot to spend money on, and sometimes the bills can’t wait for the salary to be paid” Tope complained when his wife informed him that they had run out of cooking gas and had to refill.

 

He had just moved to a new location with his family and the bills seemed to be coming at such speed that he could hardly keep up.

 

Barely three weeks in the new apartment, the electricity bill had arrived. The new apartment was bigger than the last and their two double-seater cushions left too much space vacant in the seating room. They needed to get a couple more furniture to fill the space. His wife had not stopped reminding him of the car he promised to get, in order to ease mobility for the family.

 

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UBA Group Dominates the 2021 Banker Awards, Wins ‘African Bank of the Year’

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Breaks the Banker Magazine Record as it wins Best Bank in Nigeria and 12 of Its Subsidiaries Africa’s global bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc yet again, reaffirms its leadership position across Africa, as the bank has been globally recognised as the African Bank of the year 2021 by the Banker Magazine, a leading global finance news publication published by the Financial Times of London.

 

UBA’s solid financial performance, its excellent service delivery to customers and its continuous role of facilitating rapid economic growth across the African continent were some of the reasons that led to the bank being named best bank in 12 of its African subsidiaries and in Nigeria. UBA Nigeria Plc, UBA Benin, UBA Burkina Faso, UBA Cameroon, UBA Chad, UBA Congo Brazzaville, UBA Cote D’Ivoire, UBA Gabon, UBA Guinea, UBA Liberia, UBA Senegal, UBA Sierra Leone and UBA Zambia all came out top as the best banks in their respective countries.

 

This will not be a first for UBA. In 2020, six of its subsidiaries in Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Chad, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Zambia were winners of the Best Bank award. This year, the UBA Group is breaking a record with its exceptional wins as African Bank of the Year and Bank of the year in 13 countries. The total 14 awards makes it the first time ever in the history of the almost 100 years of The banker, that any banking group will be clinching as many as 14 wins in a single year.

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At the Virtual award ceremony which was held on December 1st 2021, the Middle East and Africa Editor for The Banker, John Everington, explained at the event that a rigorous and highly analytical process is made annually to reach the decision for each Bank of the Year award and the institution’s reputation for independence, authority and integrity is thoroughly applied to each submission.

 

“While several African banks impressed the judges this year, there was no doubt as to the worthiest recipient of the Bank of the Year for Africa – UBA Group – a clear winner across a wide range of criteria. UBA has performed impressively across its footprint with a strong financial performance across most of its markets,” Everington said.

 

UBA’s Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Kennedy Uzoka, who expressed delight over the recognition from The Banker stated “Like I always say, at UBA, we must be doing something right. Winning 14 total awards in13 subsidiaries and the Bank of the Year on the African continent is a big achievement.’

 

Continuing, Uzoka said, “The recognitions come as a reassurance that we are on track in consolidating our leadership position in Africa, as we continue to create superior value for all our stakeholders. We have our millions of customers across the globe and our many thousands of staff to thank for this. They are the very reason why we keep winning’

 

Since1926, the Bank of the Year awards has been celebrating the best of global banking and is regarded as the industry standard for banking excellence. The 2021 edition highlights those institutions that have outshone their peers in terms of performance, strategic initiatives and response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The Banker Magazine is a publication of the Financial Times – a leading global finance news publication which has been in existence since 1888. The Banker magazine is the definitive reference in international banking for high level decision makers.

 

United Bank for Africa Plc is a leading Pan-African financial institution, offering banking services to more than twenty-five million customers, across over 1,000 business offices and customer touch points, in 20 African countries.

 

With presence in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and France, UBA is connecting people and businesses across Africa through retail; commercial and corporate banking; innovative cross-border payments and remittances; trade finance and ancillary banking services

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Crisis Rocks Ghana Parliament As Members Clash Over 2022 budget

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The 2022 budget of Ghana suffered another set back as the House could not reach concerts on its passage.

 

The Minister of Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori Atta had presented the budget for the House to deliberate upon and possibly approve it for passage to the president to work with. But the House is in disagreement.

 

The Majority members had earlier hoped in easy passage but, they were shocked to witness a tie in the House. The ruling Party, New Patriotic Party ( NPP) has 137 members in the House, same to the main opposition party, The New Democratic Congress(NDC)

 

The Speaker who could have added one to the ruling NPP lacks the constitutional right, as the Constitution denies him voting right as the presiding officer.

 

The case will then be taken to the Supreme Court for intervention. The issue has been a major challenge threatening the smooth democracy in the country. The decision to go to Supreme Court is expected to be taken before or by Friday sitting.

 

By Moses Owopade,

Accra, Ghana.

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