IBADAN – A 32-year-old man, Seyi Lawal, was on Wednesday remanded in prison custody by an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan, for allegedly causing the death of one Olawale Feyisetan.
Chief Magistrate Fatima Badrudeen remanded Lawal at the Agodi Prison pending the duplication of the case file for legal advice.
Lawal was arraigned on a one-count charge of causing the death of a man.
The prosecutor, Insp. Adewale Amos, alleged that Lawal unlawfully caused the death of a driver, Feyisetan, 41, by engaging in a fight with him over a N10 change.
He said that after the intervention of other passengers, Feyisetan slumped and died.
The offence was said to have been committed on May 5 at about 7.30 a.m. at Iwo Road, Ibadan.
The plea of the accused was not taken, even as Amos said that the offence contravened Section 316 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap. 38, Vol. 11, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
The case was adjourned till June 30 for mention. (NAN) ————————————————————————————————Lagos International Badminton Classics serves off with 15 countries participating (sports)
LAGOS – The Lagos International Badminton served off on Wednesday with 15 countries at Rowe Park, Yaba.
A total of 162 athletes drawn from the 15 countries are competing for honours in the competition.
The participating countries are: Botswana, France, Italy, Indonesia, Slovenia, Ghana, Austria, Canada, and Uganda.
Others are USA, Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Israel, Russia and host Nigeria.
The competition is scheduled to end on June 7.
A former national Number One badminton female player, Bridget Ibeneri, who is an official at the tournament, told NAN that she was impressed with the number of entries.
Ibenri said that the number of athletes up for the challenge was tremendous, which indicated that that the sport was still widely accepted.
“I was amazed when I saw the number of entries which means that badminton is still here to stay.
“I am happy to see that the sport I once played and presently teach is still widely accepted globally but only requires more effort for wider acceptance in Nigeria,” she said.
Ibeneri, now a badminton Coach at the National Institute of Sport (NISports), National Stadium, Lagos, said that the tournament would put Nigeria in a good light.
“We would get international recognition and it will aid in boosting our ranking and reputation,” she said.
The coach appealed to the nation’s representatives at the competition to use the opportunity to build themselves up.
“The competition is right here in their country and it is a good way to have a feel of how badminton is played internationally,” she said.
NAN reports that the total prize money for the competition is 15, 000 dollars for winners in the different categories. (NAN) ————————————————————————————————
World Cup: Sports administrator wants adequate security at viewing centres (World Cup 2014)
OMU-ARAN – Ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a sports philanthropist, Mr Yemi Aransiola, has called on security agencies to provide adequate security at football viewing centres in order to check terrorist attack.
Aransiola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Omu-Aran on Tuesday that viewing centres could be potential targets for insurgents.
The philanthropist, who is also the director of Oyeyemi Sports Academy in Omu-Aran, said it was also necessary for owners of viewing centres to make adequate security arrangement.
He urged Nigerians, especially football fans, to always be security conscious and to assist law enforcement agencies in their effort to curb terrorism and other vices.
“In view of the security situation in the country presently, there is a need for law enforcement agencies to focus more on football viewing centres as the World Cup approaches.
“You can trust Nigerians; most of the centres are going be jam-packed with football supporters, hence the need for adequate patrol and surveillance to prevent attacks.
“Football supporters should also make it a point of duty to be conscious of their surroundings and not be totally carried away by the euphoria and excitement of matches,” Aransiola said.
The sport administrator suggested proper registration of football viewing centres across the country by the relevant government agency to ensure effective regulation of their activities.
“Football viewing centres are springing up every day in the nooks and crannies of the country and they need proper regulation and monitoring by government.