57-year-old boxer, Bash Alli, has demanded for the
sum of N5billion from the Minister of Sports Mallam
Bolaji Abdullahi following his public mishandle and
beating he received by the Minister’s security aides.
He has also threatened to sue the minister as he
feels his fundamental human rights where infringed.
He has demanded the sum of N5billion from the Minister of Sports/Chairman National Sports Commission, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, following the beating he allegedly received from security operatives on the orders of the minister.
Alli, in a letter signed by his counsel, Mr. Emmanuel Subilim, and sent to the Presidency, leadership of the National Assembly, Director-General State Security Service, President of the World Boxing Federation and the International Boxing Union, the boxer demanded an apology “for the gross violation of the dignity of his person and his fundamental rights.”
The boxer had accused the minister of allegedly frustrating his boxing project, which was inaugurated by the NSC in 2006 to promote sports development in Nigeria. Alli alleged that he was assaulted on June 6, 2013, in Abdullahi’s office while trying to provide an enabling environment for his boxing project, which was said to have been approved by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The lawyer said, “Our client further tells us that instead of addressing his concerns, you instructed your armed aides, who are members of the Nigerian Police, to block and restrain our client’s freedom of movement.” But when contacted, the minister’s Special Assistant
(Media), Mr. Julius Ogunro, said that the government was planning to set up a committee to look into Alli’s case.