Thousands of workers who joined Thursday’s demonstration by Organized Labour in Sunyani, Brong Ahafo Region capital, had to run for their lives after police fired tear gas and bullets to disperse them.
Four persons suffered injuries from the shots fired, according to Kuuku Abban, Joy News’ Correspondent in Brong Ahafo Region.
Kuuku reported that the demonstration started smoothly as protesters commenced procession through the principal streets of Sunyani.
“Things got out of hand when the protestors declined to heed police’s directive that only leaders of the demonstration would be allowed to present a petition to the Regional Minister”, reported Kuuku.
The protesters attempted to force their way through about a 100-strong police personnel but were met with fierce resistance.
When police realized their human shield was being breached, they fired some warning shots and tear gas to disperse the protestors.
Incensed by the shots, protestors started pelting stones at the police personnel.
However the police also responded forcefully with rubber bullets, injuring four.
Police also picked up a number of the protesters for violating public order.
BREAKING NEWS: BoG takes over Unibank
The Bank of Ghana has announced it has taken over the management of private bank, Unibank.
The Governor of the central bank explained at a press conference, the takeover is due to challenges facing the bank. He mentioned weak supervisory standards and weak operations as the cause of the challenges.
Ernest Addison said the bank, adjudged the 6thbest performing company in Ghana at the Ghana Club 100 awards in 2017, provided inaccurate data during the central bank’s effort to resolve the problems last year.
He assured depositors their money is safe, stressing “we are not liquidating the bank, we are saving it.”
The take-over comes weeks after Unibank announced it was taking over adb.
The top management of Unibank are Dr. Kwabena Duffuor II who is Chief Executive Officer, Ekow Nyarko Dadzie-Dennis Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director Owusu-Ansah Awere, Executive Clifford Duke Mettle, Director of Risk Management Kwesi Nkrumah Pimpah.
Photo: CEO Kwabena Duffour II was awarded the most enterprising young executive award in 2017.
The bank’s company secretary is Sylvia Assimeng-Archer, Executive Head of Treasury and Global Trade John Collins Arthur, Executive Head of Corporate Banking Elsie Dansoa Kyereh and Executive Head of Innovations and Business Execution Florence Ohene.
This executive management are expected to give way to new control, KPMG appointed by the central bank.
The bank was founded in 1997 by Kwabena Duffour who later became Finance minister under the Mills administration.
But after 20 years of private management, Kwabena Duffour who is a former Governor of the Bank of Ghana loses control of unibank to his former employers.
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