Sports Minister, Dare Calls in Police Over Allegation of Extortion by Veteran Boxer, Bash Ali

Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare has asked the police to interrogate the allegation that he collected “millions of Naira” from veteran boxer, Bash Ali.

NPO Reports that the boxer had gone viral in a video last week where he accused the Minister of collecting money from him after President Muhammadu Buhari had instructed him to meet with him to prepare a particular boxing event.

Dare’s spokesman, Toyin Ibitoye, debunked Ali’s allegation, saying the minister would press a N5 billion defamation suit against the boxer.

“This recent video is irrespective and in disregard of a pending libel suit initiated by the minister claiming damages to the sum of N5 billion against Bash Ali for defamatory allegations made in the past.

“Apart from aggravating the previous defamatory acts, in the present video, Bash Ali has threatened violence and disruptive acts against a functional unit of the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

The statement added that the minister will not sit back while Ali disparaged his person and indeed threaten the operations of his ministry.

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