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RACISM:• Raptors president Ujiri thankful for support over a ‘racist’ incident

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RACISM:
• Raptors president Ujiri thankful for support over a ‘racist’ incident

The president of the Toronto Raptors basketball team, Masai Ujiri, says an incident with a law enforcement officer moments before his team lifted their first NBA title last year happened because ‘I am black’.

The 50-year-old is a former player and was born in the UK to a Nigerian father and a Kenyan mother, lived in Nigeria before moving to north America.

His comments follow newly-released body cam footage from US Sheriff’s Deputy Alan Strickland, who had previously claimed that Ujiri was the aggressor.

In a statement released by the Raptors, Ujiri says, “The video sadly demonstrates how horribly I was treated by a law enforcement officer last year in the midst of my team, the Toronto Raptors, winning its first world championship.

“Yet unfortunately, I was reminded in that moment that despite all of my hard work and success, there are some people, including those who are supposed to protect us, who will always and only see me as something that is unworthy of respectful engagement.

‘What saddens me most about this ordeal is that the only reason why I am getting the justice I deserve in this moment is because of my success.

“Because I’m the President of a NBA team, I had access to resources that ensured I could demand and fight for my justice.

“So many of my brothers and sisters haven’t had, don’t have and won’t have the same access to resources that assured my justice. And that’s why Black Lives Matter.”

The BBC is still waiting for an official response to Ujiri’s statment but previously it had been reported that Strickland’s lawyer had discounted any racial element because his client’s family is black.

The incident happened in the dying moments of the last game of the 2019 NBA Finals, that was played at the Warriors’ home stadium in Oakland California, just as Ujiri’s side were about to celebrate their win over the Golden State Warriors.

In the footage Ujiri can be seen attempting to access the court to celebrate with his players but is stopped by Strickland, who appears to push him and a voice is heard telling Ujiri to ‘back the up’.

Ujiri attempts to retrieve his All-Access NBA pass to show the officer but is pushed again.

In February, Strickland filed a lawsuit against Ujiri saying the Raptors president had hit him in his face and chest with both fists.

The lawsuit alleges that Ujiri had a “violent predisposition” and claims that Strickland ‘suffered, and will continue to suffer, physical, mental, emotional, and economic injuries.’

However, Ujiri has countersued, alleging that the officer is perpetrating fraud and that he believes the body cam footage shows that Strickland used excessive force.

The incident comes as the issue of social justice for black people around the world is in sharp focus following the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd at the hands of police.

After managing to get on the court following his altercation with Strickland, the first player Ujiri embraced was Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry.

“The video shows why we’re supporting the Black Lives Matter (movement). It shows why we need to get out there and vote.”

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Happy wedding anniversary to Pastor jeremiah Nwabueze

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HAPPY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TO PASTOR JEREMIAH NWABUEZE, LEAD PASTOR OF VICTORY RESOUNDING MINISTRIES AND HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE, HELEN NWABUEZE

Surely the Lord has walked with you through the many years you have been together. To us, you are like a precious gem that guide us and show us the right path to follow.

Looking at how the love in your hearts shines through your eyes is enough to sign that true love does exist. Your marriage has worked out of love and hard work.

Looking back today we now know the meaning of he who finds a wife finds a good thing, your contribution to the body of Christ has been great.

Your love for God and people is indescribable, so may the favor of Almighty God be with you this day

Your marriage has been a lovely inspiration to many of us, you’ve shown us what true love is.

We pray that your marriage will last long in love, peace and joy unspeakable. God will always be present in your home and assignment. We celebrate today along side with the host of heaven.

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CCC Global Genesis Founder, Prophet Oladele Jailed For Defrauding A Woman

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CCC Global Genesis Founder, Prophet Oladele Jailed For Defrauding A Woman

A Lagos State High court on Wednesday (today) sentenced popular prophet and Sheperd-in-charge of CCC Global Genesis church, Prophet Israel Oladele Ogundipe to two-year imprisonment for defrauding an American based woman.

The trial judge, Justice Olabisi Akinlade sentenced Prophet Oladele after she found him guilty of two count charges out of the seven he was charged with.

Justice Akinlade in a judgment that lasted for about four hours sentenced the defendant, prophet Oladele to a year imprisonments for count two and four. She however discharged him of counts 1,3, 5 ,6 and 7 for lack of evidence against him.

Oladele was charged with seven counts charges bordering on fraud and obtaining money by false pretenses, preferred against him by the Lagos State government sometimes in 2007.

He was said to have defrauded one Mrs Olaide William Oni to the tune of eleven million naira (N11m).

He had however pleaded not guilty to the charge when he was brought before the court.

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BREAKING: SANWO-OLU TO ABOLISH PENSION FOR EX-GOVS, DEPUTIES

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BREAKING: SANWO-OLU TO ABOLISH PENSION FOR EX-GOVS, DEPUTIES

By Sodiq Oyeleke

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday announced his intention to repeal the Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension Law 2007), which provides for payment of pension and other entitlements to former Governors and their Deputies.

He made this known while presenting the 2021 budget to the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Sanwoolu said the bill would be sent to the Lagos Assembly for legislative approval.

According to Sanwo-Olu, the abolition of pension for former governors and deputies will reduce the cost of governance.

He said, “Mr. Speaker and Honourable Members of the House, in light of keeping the costs of governance low and to signal selflessness in public service, we will be sending a draft executive bill to the House imminently for the repeal of the Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension Law 2007), which provides for payment of pension and other entitlements to former Governors and their Deputies.”

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