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NBBF won’t go on break again: Official

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The director of Planning Monitoring and Information, Peter Nelson, says the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) will not go on break again.

Mr Nelson disclosed this at the closing ceremony of the final eight basketball men’s premier league at package B of the Moshood Abiola National Stadiumin Abuja.

According to him, it is the responsibility of the ministry to assist all the federations in case of crisis.

Due to the tussle of leadership between the immediate past president, Musa Kida, and the former president, Tijani Umar, the ministry will take over the sports pending when they resolve their matter.

“Any of the federation that has one or two problems that need to be resolved will be taken over by the ministry pending when we resolve the issue,” he said.

Mr Kida explained that the NBBF election would hold soon, so the sports would continue to grow.

“There is a reconciliation committee in place, and until they finish their job and the federation comes together is the way forward. There is a particular day that they will have the election as soon as they finish the two parties are coming together,” added Mr Kida. “Both parties, by the time they resolve the issues, we should be able to sit down together and fix a particular day that they can go for the congress election.”

Mr Kida noted Nigeria has a greater chance to participate in the Afrobasketball Championship with the level of the game.

“I am very delighted, and I really appreciate what the young men are doing in the field of play. These young men are really interested in the sport. They are trying to expose the skills, and they are really showcasing all that they have,” he stated. “If we go out with this type of young men, then Nigeria has a greater chance to participate in the afrobasketball.”

The Rivers Hoopers defeated Gombe Bulls 74-57 to emerge the 2021 Basketball Men premier league champion. Rivers Hoopers will represent Nigeria at the 2021 Basketball Africa League (BAL), scheduled to hold later in the year.

The 2021 Super 8 Men’s Premier Basketball League is organised by the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development due to the crisis in the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).

The five-day competition ended on Tuesday. 

(NAN)

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How bandits entered, attacked Jos prison: NCoS

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The Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) has confirmed bandits attacked the Jos Correctional Centre, revealing how the raid occurred on Sunday.

In a statement, the spokesman for the prison authorities, Francis Enobore, explained that the bandits invaded the prison yard at about 5:20 p.m.

“The Medium Security Custodial Centre in Jos, Plateau State came under attack by gunmen who stormed the facility in large number with sophisticated weapons,” the statement disclosed. “The invaders were said to have arrived at the centre at about 5:20 p.m. and immediately made for the main gate where they engaged the armed squad personnel in a gun battle before breaking into the yard.”

Although the bandits gained entry “into the yard, they were, however, trapped within as men from sister security services were immediately mobilised to assist the armed guards” in cordoning the perimeter wall and the “entire area.”

The statement further said, “Reinforcement from the response squad of the Service has also been mobilised to the centre. The situation is presently under control as the attackers’ firing power was subdued by superior fire from a combined team of security agencies.”

The prison authorities did not state if the bandits were caught and any casualties recorded in the attack.

(NAN)

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2021 Nigeria Polo: Lintex win President’s Cup

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Lintex emerged winners of the President’s Cup at the 2021 Nigeria National Polo Tournament after thrashing Keffi Ponys 9-3.

The final of the high-goal, five-chukka game was a one-sided affair from start to finish.

Bashir Bashir, undoubtedly the most valuable player of the game, banged in a total of five goals, with Abdulmalik Badamasi grabbing a brace of his own.

Isa Kwame and Captain Jamilu Mohammed scored a goal each to complete the rout for Lintex.

“This makes me feel great that all our efforts and training as a team paid off. It was all about teamwork, coordination and determination. We look forward to putting more work in the next edition of the tournament to ensure that we successfully defend our title,” Lintex captain Mohammed said.

Keffi Ponys managed to score three consolation goals through Ahmed Wadada, Aliyu Tijjani and Argentine’s Fernando Munaz to cap a miserable night for the Keffi-based side.

In other matches, also played on Sunday, Dokaji Farms walloped Malcomines of Jos 11-1 to lift the Legislative Shield, while the Nigerian Army defeated BUA/Nasriya 4-2 to emerge winners of the Unity Cup.

Also, Haske & Williams defeated Sikka Spa by 7-5 and a half goals to win FCT Minister’s Cup, while Wu Bassey Barracks defeated Niger Barracks 5-4 to win the COAS Cup.

ASI edged Alhusuna 6-5 to win the Guards Challenge trophy.

The tournament, which galloped off on November 20, ended on Saturday at the Guards Polo Club – Nigeria Polo Resort, Asokoro.

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Bayelsa: Sea pirates attack oil fields, kill, abduct workers

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Suspected to be sea pirates attacked two oil installations, killing three and abducting seven oil workers in Bayelsa on Sunday.

The pirates ambushed their unsuspecting victims in Okoroma and Ogbokiri-Akassa communities of Nembe and Brass Local Government areas of Bayelsa, NAN learnt.

Sources close to the affected oilfields said the gunmen reportedly shot dead two staff of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company and a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The driver of their boat, an indigene of Okoroma community, is still missing, according to the local sources who witnessed the incident and narrated the same to a NAN correspondent.

According to the sources, in the ambush that occurred at Ogbokiri-Akassa in Brass Local Government area, six oil workers allegedly doing maintenance job close to their platform were kidnapped and whisked away.

It was further gathered that the Agip oil workers and their security personnel came under attack at about 6:00 a.m. while working close to a manifold in the deep swamp.

Spokesman of the NSCDC, Bayelsa command, Ogbere Solomon, confirmed the incident on Sunday evening.

Mr Solomon said one personnel of the command died in the ambush, while two others who were missing have been found and are currently receiving treatment at a medical facility in Yenagoa.

“Yes, our officers were ambushed and attacked by some unknown pirates while on their lawful duty of providing protection to some Agip oil workers close to Obama manifold in Okoroma community of Nembe Local Government.

“One personnel was killed while the other two that were missing have been found and are responding to treatment,” he said.

Tarinyu Joseph, the Youth President of the Okoroma clan, said indigenes of the area recovered the corpses of those killed.

He added that those injured were taken to the hospital while the boat driver, identified as his brother, is still missing.

(NAN)

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