Wednesday, April 5, 2017 1:18 pm
Nigerian boxer, popularly known as Bash Ali was on Wednesday docked before a Gudu Upper Area Court, Abuja on charges of criminal trespass.
The boxer was first arraigned before the court on April 3, on a four-count charge bordering on criminal trespass, intentional insult, inciting public disturbance and refusal to make a statement.
The prosecutor, Oyeyemi Adeniyi, had told the court that the defendant criminally trespassed into the office of Minister of Sport and Youth Development, Federal Secretariat, Abuja, on April 3.
According to him, Bash Ali had forcefully entered the office without the minister’s invitation and intentionally insulted the minister.
Adeniyi said the defendant’s action attracted a crowd and disrupted the activities of the ministry before the police within the premises intervened.
He said that the defendant refused to make a statement to the police when he was arrested.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 348, 399, 114 and 143 of the Penal Code.
Bash Ali, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
On Wednesday, the judge, Alhaji Umar Kagarko, granted N100,000 bail to a boxer and ordered him to provide one surety in like sum that must reside within the court’s jurisdiction as conditions for his freedom.
This was after he turned down the plea of the defence counsel, Mr Tajudeen Adegbite that the boxer should be granted bail on self-recognition.
He adjourned the case till June 15 for hearing.