Voices

Compiled by Ernest Omoarelojie

Sequel to the receipt of allegation and indictment processes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation against one of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Abba Kyari, the Inspector- General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered an internal review of the allegations.
The Nigeria Police Force reaffirms its commitment to the pursuit of justice and the strengthening of its professional relationship with the FBI and other international partners. Further developments on this case will be communicated to members of the public, accordingly.”

-The Nigerian Police on receipt of arrest warrant of one of its top officers, DCP Abba Kyari.

He received a pass just outside the English penalty box, and with his back to goal, he flicked the ball with a sensational drive with so much power. The ball went the direction the keeper had anticipated, but it beat him hands down. It’s a goal I will never forget in my life.”
-Former Green Eagles Coach, Chief Festus Adegboye Onigbinde, recalling some of the sensational exploits of late Teslim Thunder Balogun.

Each athlete at the Olympics is entitled to one Samsung phone each. All they need to do is go to the Samsung office, scan their accreditation cards and get their phones. But the Nigerian delegation, through a very senior ministry official, went to the Samsung office and took all the phones for Team Nigeria athletes. Now the athletes went to meet the official and he said, ‘You are not competing, you can’t get a phone.”
-An anonymous Nigerian athlete, complaining about Nigerian Olympic delegation officials.

That’s an absolute lie. Any time I was asked to disclose my whereabouts information, I gave it as soon as possible. I have the receipts. It’s the federation’s job to then set up testing once I give that information and they never did.”
-African women’s hammer record holder, Annette Echikunwoke, on how the inaction of Nigerian Olympic delegation officials led to the disqualification of 10 Nigerian athletes.

It is worrisome that despite evidence of the emergence of a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens continue to refuse adherence to public health advisories. The severity of this disease should NOT be disregarded as it is still a primary cause of concern, even in countries with stronger health systems.”
-Health Minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire, on the apathy shown by Nigerians towards Covid-19 protocols.

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