The minister of youth and sports development, Chief Sunday Dare, has threatened to take legal action against the former world cruiserweight boxing champion, Bash Ali, with defamatory video and disruptive comments against his person and his office.
Aside the 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, the legendary boxer in a new viral video on Social Media accused the minister of extorting money from him in name of President Muhammadu Buhari to facilitate the hosting of his Guinness Book Record Boxing Championship and want the money refunded with interest.
The boxer also threatened to shut down the premises of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development if his demands are not met.
The minister while reacting to the threat by Bash Ali through his SA on Multimedia, Toyin Ibitoye, said he will not sit back and allow the threats to materialize.
“The attention of the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development – Mr Sunday Dare – has been drawn to a video circulating online in which controversial boxer, Bash Ali made defamatory, false and unsubstantiated allegations against his person.
“This recent video is irrespective and in disregard of a pending libel suit initiated by the Minister claiming damages to the sum of 5billion Naira against Bash Ali for defamatory allegations made in the past.
“As a responsible public office holder, the Honourable Minister will not sit back and allow the threats materialize. If Bash Ali could have the effrontery to make and publicize a video where he not only made allegations against the person of the Hon. Minister, but also threatened to halt the operations of the Ministry of Youth and Sports development, then, it is compelling that the security agencies are put on alert so as to avoid a future situation of regret where things are taken for granted.
“On a personal note, the Hon. Minister will continue to diligently press his libel claims against Bash Ali and will also seek further remedies that the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria avail him. To this end, he has briefed Bode Olanipekun, SAN of the law firm of Wole Olanipekun & Co to continue with the prosecution of the case.
“This statement has become necessary so as to inform discerning members of the public to disregard this latest antic which is in continuation of a pattern from Bash Ali against two past Ministers of Youth and Sports Development and the current one. We also alert media outlets about the risks and consequences of disseminating such false and malicious stories,” Ibitoye said.