Sunday Dare, the Sports Minister, has filed a lawsuit against Bashiru Ali, sometimes known as Bash Ali, for claimed defamation of character and disruptive remarks.

This comes after Alli posted a video over the weekend accusing the minister of extorting ‘millions of naira’ from him as part of the process to organize a world boxing title match for him under President Muhammadu Buhari’s claimed direction.

Dare, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Multimedia, Toyin Ibitoye, responded to the video by calling Alli’s assertions defamatory, untrue, and baseless.

“This current video is independent and in contempt of a pending libel suit brought by the minister seeking damages of N5 billion against Bash Ali for defamatory statements made in the past,” he said.

“In addition to compounding prior defamatory crimes, Bash Ali has threatened violent and disruptive acts against a functional entity of the Federal Government of Nigeria in the present video.”

“As a responsible public office bearer, the minister will not sit back and allow the threats to materialize,” the statement continued.

If Bash Ali had the audacity to make and publicize a video in which he not only made allegations against the minister’s person but also threatened to shut down the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development’s operations, it is imperative that the security agencies be put on high alert to avoid a future situation where things are taken for granted.”

“On a personal note, I will diligently press his libel claims against Bash Ali and will also seek other remedies that the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria afford him,” the minister stated.

“To this aim, he has briefed Bode Olanipekun (SAN) of the Wole Olanipekun & Co law firm to continue with the case prosecution.”

He added the statement was “essential to inform discerning members of the public to reject this newest theatrics, which is in continuation of Bash Ali’s pattern against two previous Ministers of Youth and Sports Development and the current one.”

We also warn media outlets about the dangers and ramifications of spreading such inaccurate and hostile information.”