Nigeria’s World Boxing Federation Champion, Bash Ali has been allegedly assaulted on Monday by the security aides of the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, for asking to be attended to first on a first come, first serve basis by the Minister before the Ambassador of Ukraine to Nigeria after waiting for hours.
Mr. Ali told WATCHDOGNEWS correspondent that he was invited by the minister to meet him and discuss further plans to meet with the banks for the hosting of his historic fights.
Ali said he waited for about four hours and that while waiting, a white ambassador came in and wanted to go in without joining the queue. He then asked the policeman, “what about me who have been waiting”?
“The next thing, he hit me with the butt of a gun on the back and I became unconscious until I was revived at about 30 minutes later”. I was given first aid and was brought to National Hospital, Abuja”.
According to Mr. Ali, “For me to be beaten because I was asking why somebody should see the minister before me, while i had been waiting for hours”. He added that these are the kind of things we suffer in our country.
He however said that we shall continue to fight for a better Nigeria.
WATCHDOGNEWS correspondent also gathered from eye-witness of happenings at the scene of the assault.
The eye- witness, (name withheld) emotionally burst into tears, saying, “ I felt so bad seeing a man of repute like Bash Ali being dragged on the floor like a common criminal or a tout”. He was treated so badly”.
The witness said although he was so harassed, he kept on behaving in a most polite manner still asking for his right until he was hit with a gun and dragged on the floor.She reiterated that he was badly man handled.
WATCHDOGNEWS put a call through to the minister of Sports to get his own side of the story, but the call did not go through.
We also tried reaching the ministry’s Perm- Sec, there was no response.