The Nigeria Customs Service has finally released the seized basketball kits and facilities to be delivered to Nigeria men and women teams at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
It was earlier reported that the basketball kits were impounded at the Lagos State seaport Apapa, with a request of N35 million to clear the goods.
The Minister of Youth and Sport Development, Sunday Dare, secured the release of the kits yesterday ahead of the Olympic Games starting in the next eight days.
According to a statement from the media office of sport minister signed by John Joshua Akanji, Dare secured the release of the kits with the help of the Minister Finance, Zainab Ahmed and the Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali.
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“As promised, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare’s intervention has secured the release of basketball kits of the Nigerian Basketball Federation from Apapa Warf,” the statement reads.
“The Caretaker Chairman of the Nigerian Basketball Federation, Musa Ahmadu-Kida, confirmed the release of the items late Thursday.
“The minister expressed appreciation to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning and the Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali, for making the release of the kits possible.”