Bash Ali In Court For Insulting Sports Minister
Remember that video of legendary Nigerian boxer, Bashiru Ali (a.k.a.Bash Ali) fuming over what he called disrespect by the Minister of Sports?
Yes, the public drama led to his arrest and has now landed him in court, facing trial for alleged criminal trespass.
He had been arraigned on April 3, on a four-count charge bordering on criminal trespass, intentional insult, inciting public disturbance and refusal to make statement.
The judge had adjourned ruling on the defendant’s bail application till Wednesday after the defence counsel, Mr Tajudeen Adegbite, applied for his bail on self-recognition.
The prosecutor, Oyeyemi Adeniyi, had told the court that the defendant criminally trespassed into the office of the Honourable Minister of Sport and Youth Development, Federal Secretariat, Abuja, on April 3.
He said the defendant forcefully entered the office without the minister’s invitation and intentionally insulted the minister.
Adeniyi said the defendant’s action attracted crowd and disrupted the activities of the ministry before the police within the premises intervened.
He said that the defendant refused to make statement to the police when he was arrested.He added that the offences contravened Sections 348, 399, 114 and 143 of the Penal Code.Bash Ali denied committing the offences and on Wednesday the Gudu Upper Area Court, Abuja, granted 100,000 Naira bail to the boxer.The judge, Umar Kagarko, ordered him to provide one surety in like sum that must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.He adjourned the case till June 15 for hearing.In the video, the former boxing champion is seen slamming the minister whom he described as an illiterate.After fixing an appointment to meet with the minister, Ali was denied assess to the office. Ali also claims he was brutalized by Dalung’s security operatives.Dalung, through his Special Assistant on media, Nneka Anibeze, denied the claim.