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Soldiers in Gabon took control of the national radio station in the early hours of Monday and read a short statement announcing the establishment of a “National Restoration Council” in the absence of the country’s ailing president, Ali Bongo.
A New Year's address by Bongo "reinforced doubts about the president's ability to continue to carry out of the responsibilities of his office," said Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang, the leader of the self-declared Patriotic Movement of the Defence and Security Forces of Gabon.
An AFP correspondent said shots were fired near the radio station in the centre of Libreville, capital of the oil-rich West African nation, with military vehicles blocking access to the site.
In a video circulating on social media, Ondo Obiang is seen in a radio studio wearing military fatigues and a green beret as he reads the statement, which was broadcast at around 4:30 am local time (5:30 am GMT). Two other soldiers with large assault rifles stand behind him.
Ondo Obiang called on the military and Gabonese youth to join his movement and occupy public buildings and airports throughout the country.
"If you are eating, stop; if you are having a drink, stop; if you are sleeping, wake up. Wake up your neighbours... rise up as one and take control of the street," he said in his radio message.
FRANCE 24 with REUTERS, AFP
Calls are already growing in some quarters for the Opposition, which for the most part has rejected Biya’s coronation, to pick up the pieces and move on. They are being told to look forward; and be better prepared for the upcoming legislative elections. They are being led to believe that they could make up for this loss by pulling off the legislative elections, if they just focus on future opportunities and be better prepared, rather than sulking over present losses. This is where I agree with Edith Kah Wallah who, from personal experience, long ago realised how naïve and futile this thinking is.
Biya is 85 years old and has held office for 36 years. Despite his advanced age, ELECAM and the Constitutional Council validated one of the most shambolic electoral exercises in world history.These results were already viral on social media a week before the proclamation of results and were announced over BBC Afrique. congratulatory messages from President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea few days before the proclamation of results.
- Paul Biya : 71,28%
- Maurice Kamto : 14,23%
- Cabral Libii : 6,28%
- Joshua Osih : 3,35%
- Ndam Njoya : 1,73%
- Garga Harman : 1,55%
- Ndifor Frankline : 0,67%
- Serge Espouse Matomba : 0,56%
- Akere Muna : 0,35%
Cameroonians both home and in the diaspora are disgruntled with the outcome of the 2018 presidential elections, characterized with fraud and elections mal-practices. Despite the 18 petitions tabled at the Constitutional council to cancel the elections by some presidential candidates were labelled inadmissible. Biya won by landslide victory in the two English speaking regions (North west & Southwest) who are witnessing a crisis for more than a year with hundreds of deaths recorded. These regions boycotted the elections, yet thousands of votes were announced in favour of the incumbent by the Constitutional Council to have voted during the elections.
IF elections were boycotted, then, who voted in these regions? GHOSTS?
The MRC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Maurice KAMTO officiel JUST POSTED A COMMUNIQUE OF HIS FACEBOOK IN RELATION TO THE LEAKED ELECTION RESULTS
Formerly the managing director of BICEC, Alain Ripert has been promoted to the position of administrator of BICEC and member of the board of CEPAC in charge of the overseas departments. The news of his departure was already circulating at the end of BICEC’s board meeting on March 23, 2018, but there was no clarification on where he would land.
Nonetheless, he will manage BICEC until the end of August 2018. The departing managing director is being replaced by Sylvain Faure, the current president for market development of BPCE international, the entity to which subsidiaries such as BICEC belongs. The appointment of Sylvain Faure occurs while the group is implementing an exit strategy in Africa and according to analysts; the operation with BICEC is the most complicated for the French Group. Let’s note that Alain Ripert achieved his goals to put BICEC on track. Indeed, speaking during the launch of the renovation works at the headquarters in Douala, he saluted the work of his collaborators and team to whom the group realized a turnover of CFA60 billion and a net profit of CFA10 billion in 2017.
This performance offers him a glorious exit following the discovery of a fraud scheme, which is still being investigated, within the group two years ago. The bank has not yet published the whole figure of its operation in 2017 so it is difficult to assess the real extent of the performance that year.
LOME, Togo, April 3, 2018/ -- The upgraded version of Ecobank’s (www.Ecobank.com) revolutionary mobile app has attracted 3 million new customers in just 6 months, taking the total number of users to 4 million.
The app builds on the core functionality that saw the original version applauded as a game changer for African banking by using digital technology to combat many of the financial inclusion barriers faced by those on the continent. This includes the dearth of rural branches, affordability of products, high transaction costs and minimum opening balance requirements.
Ade Ayeyemi, Ecobank Group CEO, says Ecobank’s strategic mission is built around using mobile banking to deliver innovative, efficient and cost-effective services to those who have typically sat outside of the formal economy, and therefore goes far beyond the reach of the traditional branch and ATM networks. Subsequently, while the app won one million customers in its first year of launch, upgraded features have seen the rate of sign-ups treble in half of the time. So far this year, app usage has been growing at an average 700k new customers per month.
“Customers can use the app on their mobile to instantly open Ecobank Xpress Account™, which doesn’t have any account fees, paperwork or minimum balance requirements, or to send and receive money across 33 African countries,” he explains. “Therefore, our app not only removes the barriers that have financially excluded so many Africans but offers next generation functionality to help them send money, make withdrawals or pay for goods and services.”
Patrick Akinwuntan, Ecobank’s Group Executive, Consumer Banking, says that Ecobank is committed to providing all Africans with access to financial services, but doing so in a way that conjoins functionality with convenient, accessible and efficient banking channels, such as the rollout of Ecobank Xpress ™ Point Agents.
“We want to be the digital bank of choice for all Africans,” he said. “Functionality is one thing – giving our customers unrivalled convenience is another. The Ecobank Xpress ™ Point Agents that can now be found in your local neighbourhood enable you to deposit money into your app-based Ecobank Xpress Account™ and begin to make digital payments on the app using Ecobankpay. You can also withdraw funds in local currency that may have been sent to you from friends or relatives using our innovative instant transfer or Xpress Cash capabilities.”
The Ecobank Mobile App is available for download from the Google Play Store or Apple Store.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ecobank.
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About Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (‘ETI’ or ‘The Group’)
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