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JUST IN: FG Reverses Nigeria’s Ban From Basketball Competition

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate return of Nigeria to international basketball competitions.

This was announced on Thursday by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar, at a press briefing in Abuja.

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According to him, the approval was granted following a letter of appeal dated June 17, 2022, which was signed by Musa Kida, leader of the Nigeria Basketball Federation board, and addressed to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.

Abubakar said, “The letter appealed to the Minister to use his good offices to approach President Buhari for the reversal of the 2-year withdrawal of Nigeria from international basketball competitions.

“The Appeal letter also critically gave some key undertakings: to immediately set in motion the process of status review or constitutional amendments from stakeholders as collated by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, to set up a high-powered team to reconcile all contending parties in the basketball family at home and abroad, and a commitment to work with the Ministry in the governance and development of basketball among other things.

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“Flowing from the above and upon a review, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development approached and placed these developments before President Muhammadu Buhari being one that is committed to youth development and desirous of ensuring that they are availed of all opportunities in sports and other endeavors considered the appeal and in the overriding spirit of national interest, love for our youth, and in order to avoid sending basket development into a long period of suspension when NBBF have now committed to the resolution of the issues which precipitated the withdrawal in the first place has approved the return of Nigeria to international basketball immediately.”

READ ALSO: Nigeria Withdraws From International Basketball Competitions

Furthermore, Abubakar said despite the approval, the stakeholders were warned to ensure that the country’s law are not subjugated to any other law.

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“Failure to do this, as with any constitutionally bound sovereign nation, will attract sanctions. There was first a country before any organization or federation that bears the Nigerian name, colours and flag us representing Nigeria.

“Secondly, that all those that lead government organizations and in this case our federations, hold such positions in trust for the Government and people of Nigeria under the direct supervision of the Minister of Youth and Sports,” he said.

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Wrestler To Die For Pounding Wife To Death

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A wrestler in the Guyuk Local Government Area, Adamawa State, Thank-You Grim, has been sentenced to death by hanging for killing his wife, Kwalla Grim.

The wrestler, who was tried by the Adamawa State Chief Judge, Justice Nathan Musa, was sentenced after the court found him guilty of murder.

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Justice Musa, while delivering his judgement on Tuesday, said, “The prosecution was able to prove with cogent evidence that the convict actually killed the deceased. Therefore, the convict is accordingly sentenced to death by hanging as provided by Section 192(b) of Penal Code Law.”

PUNCH Metro gathered that the convict, who hails from Sili community in the Guyuk LGA, caused the death of his wife on March 24, 2018.

According to court records, Thank-You “wrestled his wife to the ground and used pestle in smashing her face in a dreadful manner with the knowledge that her death would be probable of his act.”

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According to records, the marriage between the duo was fraught with challenges before the incident that claimed Kwalla’s life on January 10, 2018.

After the couple ended their union, the victim reportedly fell in love with another man and decided to remarry.

She was said to have mounted pressure on the convict to divorce her.

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It was gathered that Thank-You, who earlier rejected her entreaties, decided to agree and lure her to his house, only to plead with her to return to the marriage.

She was said to have refused his entreaties.

The convict, while testifying in court, said he was irked after Kwala disclosed to him that she charmed him.

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He claimed that he did not know when he wrestled her to the ground and used the pestle to attack her.

Thank-You disclosed that he chased away some neighbours who attempted to intervene after they heard her cry for help.

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According to him, he reported himself to the police at Chikila in Guyuk LGA on that day, where he told the police he murdered his estranged wife.

Reacting to the judgement, counsel for the convict, F. A. Ogbe, the Chief Legal Officer of the Nigeria Legal Aid Council, Adamawa State, appreciated the court for what he described as a well considered judgement.

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Police Caution Ronaldo Over Smashing Of Fan’s Phone

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been cautioned by British police after footage emerged of the Manchester United forward appearing to smash a phone out of an Everton fan’s hand at a match last season.

The 37-year-old was interviewed by officers in relation to an allegation of assault and criminal damage following the incident at Goodison Park on April 9.

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Merseyside Police launched an investigation after a clip was circulated online of Ronaldo appearing to knock the supporter’s mobile phone on to the ground as he limped towards the tunnel following United’s 1-0 loss.

The force said in a statement on Wednesday: “We can confirm that a 37-year-old man voluntarily attended and was interviewed under caution in relation to an allegation of assault and criminal damage.

“The allegation relates to an incident following the Everton v Manchester United football match at Goodison Park on Saturday, April 9.

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“The matter has been dealt with by way of conditional caution. The matter has now concluded.”

After the incident, Ronaldo issued a social media apology for his “outburst” and invited the supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford “as a sign of fair-play and sportsmanship”.

Taking to his Instagram account after the match, the Portuguese forward said: “It’s never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments such as the one we are facing.

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“Nevertheless, we always have to be respectful, patient, and set the example for all the youngsters who love the beautiful game.

READ ALSO: Transfer: Ronaldo Tipped To Leave Man Utd Before September

“I would like to apologise for my outburst and, if possible, I would like to invite this supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford as a sign of fair play and sportsmanship.”

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It comes as Ronaldo hit out at the “lies” surrounding reports about his future at struggling United.

The Portugal forward missed the club’s pre-season tour to Thailand and Australia for personal reasons as speculation swirled over whether he would be leaving Old Trafford.

It has been reported Ronaldo wants to play Champions League football, but United maintain he is not for sale and remains an integral part of the plans of new boss Erik ten Hag.

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The former Real Madrid star played the full 90 minutes of United’s 4-0 defeat at Brentford on Saturday, which left them bottom of the Premier League.

In a reply to a fan account on Instagram that referred to a report linking the United frontman to Atletico Madrid, Ronaldo said fans would “know the truth” in a couple of weeks, adding: “The media is telling lies.”

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EPL: Potential Buyer Emerges To Take Over Man United From Glazer Family

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ineos chemicals group, has indicated interest in buying Manchester United from the Glazers.

Ratcliffe wants to buy a stake in the club, with a view to taking full control if the Glazers welcome new investment, talkSPORT reports.

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A spokesman for the Ineos billionaire confirmed that Ratcliffe would welcome the chance to talk to the club’s American owners.

If the club is for sale, Jim is definitely a potential buyer,” the spokesman said.

READ ALSO: Transfer: Man Utd To Bring Three Chelsea Stars To Old Trafford

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Recall that the Glazer family are finally open to selling Manchester United.

The infamous Red Devils owners would consider selling a minority stake in the club as the pressure continues to mount, claim American outlet, Bloomberg.

The report adds that the Glazers have held some preliminary discussions about the possibility of bringing in a new investor.

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But they are not willing to cede control of United, which could be valued at about £5 billion.

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