BREAKING: Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, In Big Trouble, To Face EFCC, ICPC, Over The Diversion Of N7.2 Billion, Allegedly

By Post-Nigeria: October 27, 2018 19:31

BREAKING: Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, In Big Trouble, To Face EFCC, ICPC, Over The Diversion Of N7.2 Billion, Allegedly

A civil rights organisation, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice, CHRSJ, has planned to drag the Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung, before the various anti-graft Agencies, alleging that he (Dalung) has criminally diverted the sum of N7.2 billion in his Ministry.

According to the group, the money was the sum approved by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Ministry, for the promotion of a World Boxing Championship bout, involving a former World Cruiserweight Champion, Bashiru Alli, popularly known as Bash Alli.

This was made known in a statement issued in Lagos, by the Executive Chairman of the CHRSJ, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman, which was sent to Post-Nigeria, on Saturday.

The statement revealed that Dalung diverted the money which he (Sulaiman) stated was meant for the promotion of the bout, which is expected to pitch Alli against one of the ten opponents that has been slated to fight him in a World Record Breaking event, slated for Nigeria, in January, 2019.

According to Sulaiman, the event as planned, is expected to involve Boxers from over 39 countries, saying that, it (the event) if carried out, would have put the country in the world’s sporting map.

The Activist who is also the Convener of Save Lagos Group, SLG, raised the alarm on Saturday, shortly after a meeting with members of the Bash Alli Fans Club of Nigeria, BAFCON, at Isolo, a suburb of Lagos; stating that, the need to drag the Minister before the anti-graft bodies was necessitated by the seeming lukewarm attitude the Minister has continued to display to the Presidential directives to organise the event.

The Activist who was also named, ‘The Fundamental Rights Adviser’ of BAFCON by members of the club, further accused Dalung of subjecting Alli to untold embarrassment, physical torture, and abusive tirades; whenever the former boxing champion tries to make him act as directed.

“We have been reliably informed that the current Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has been sitting on the sum of N7.2 billion, being the funds that have been approved (on two occasions) by President Muhammadu Buhari, for the staging of a Guinness Book of Records world boxing event, in January, 2019, in Nigeria.

“We are raising the alarm to all Nigerians, because what we see on ground does not in any way show that the Minister is ready to obey the Presidential directive, but rather, Mr. Dalung has been making efforts to frustrate the directive, a development we see as sheer sabotage of an express directive of President Muhammadu Buhari”, he said.

Commenting further, Sulaiman stated that information reaching the group indicated that the Minister has not been living up to the expectations of sportsmen and women in the country, by not ensuring that issues bordering on their welfare are giving top priority, as the principal official who supervises the Ministry.

“It is no gainsaying the fact that the activities of Dalung and other officials in the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports, are very injurious to the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari. We have received so many complaints from various athletes, complaining of outright neglect and gross diversion of public funds meant for their welfare and career advancement”, Sulaiman stated.

He said that the group has given the Minister an ultimatum that is expected to lapse on the 15th of November, to kick start all the processes that would lead to staging the event in the country, as scheduled, or risk being dragged before the anti-graft bodies.

“We are using this medium to urge the Minister to commence the implementation of the Presidential directive. We are also calling on him to release the approved funds to the relevant bodies and authorities saddled with the task of organising the event, in January, as scheduled. If he (Dalung) fails to act, we will not hesitate to petition the EFCC, SFU, ICPC, and any other Agency, for proper investigation”, he concluded.

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