Unfortunately, Nigerian Boxing Champion, Bash Ali Lands In Kuje Prison in Abuja

February 24, 2015 12:25 pm
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The running battle between ’s World Boxing Federation, WBF,
cruiserweight boxing champion, , a.k.a. Bash Ali
(OON) and the Managing Director of NEXIM Bank, Robert Orya has landed
the Edo State-born pugilist in Prison in .

Bash Ali has several times alleged that Orya demanded a bribe of $10
million out of the $30m which President Goodluck Jonathan had asked the
bank to release to the Local Organising Committee, LOC, of the Guinness
Book of World Records fight which the boxer plan to stage in Nigeria.
Bash Ali said: “On Wednesday, 18 February, NEXIM Bank’s Executive
Director, Customer Service, Bashir Wali invited me for a chat, while
waiting, the MD, Robert Orya, who on 6 May 6, 2014 asked for a private
chat which I turned down drove in, saw me and members of the LOC and
ordered security to beat us up. The security men broke the head of our
driver and damaged the vehicle.”
According to the boxer, he and some members of the LOC were arrested
by the police and taken to the Federal Secretariat Command of the force
in Abuja and were later transferred to the FCT Command before being
finally taken to SARS on the same Wednesday.

“On Thursday we were arraigned at the Magistrate’s Court, Cotonou
Street at Wuse Zone 6. At the end of the proceedings the Chief
Magistrate agreed to grant me bail of N1 million with surety of a Level
10 Federal worker, which I refused.

This forced the police to remand me at Kuje Prison till 4 March when the case will come up again.
“Fellow Nigerians, is this how we will allow corruption to continue
in our dear country?” said Bash Ali through a text message he sent out
at the weekend.

P.M. Sports gathered from a police source that Bash Ali is being
tried for criminal trespass, obstruction in public way, wrongful
restraint and criminal intimidation, contrary to Sections 79, 85, 348,
194, 266 and 397 of penal code.

The source said that Ali was arrested on Wednesday at about 2p.m
after one Mr. Bisong Peter of NEXIM Bank reported him at the Central
Police Station.

He was arrested alongside five others when he trespassed into the
premises on the bank, using a bus to block the entrance into the
building, thereby restricting staff from getting into their offices.
 

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