Bash Ali’s arrest: Dalong denies involvement

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[Abuja]–Nigerian boxing legend Bashiru ‘Bash’ Ali has pointed accusing fingers at the Minister of Youth & Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, over his arrest yesterday, April 3, 2017.

The former world cruiser weight champion was arrested by cops stationed at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja, yesterday, at the gate to the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSOF).

According to Ali, he was arrested on the order of the minister, because he wanted “to stop corruption at all cost” in Nigeria.

He alleged that he had an appointment with the minister about his proposed record fight but the minister refused to grant him audience, LEADERSHIP Sports reports

“All I am about is to stop corruption in this country and that is what I am doing,” Ali said.

However, in a telephone interview with Dalung, LEADERSHIP Sports reported that the minister claimed he was not aware of the incidence.

“I did not order his (Ali’s) arrest. I did not even know he was arrested. You are the one telling me.

“As I speak, I am in Lagos to receive the Queen’s Baton for the Commonwealth Games. So, I don’t know anything about his arrest.

“If he is disturbing public peace, the Police does not need any order to arrest him. If he is blocking people from going to their offices, the police will do their job. I’m not responsible for his arrest,” said an obviously annoyed Dalung, who denied having any appointment with Ali.




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