Senchi Emerges President of Badminton Confederation of Africa

President of Nigeria Badminton Federation Justice Danlami Senchi has defeated the incumbent president of Badminton Confederation of Africa Mr Larry Keys of South Africa to emerge the new leader of the body.

At the elections which was held in Gold Coast, Australia, Senchi received a total 63 votes as against 32 votes that was gathered by Keys.

According to the newly elected president, the victory is for all lovers of badminton in Africa and beyond.

“Well let me give Allah the Glory for journey mercies because it’s a long trip leaving my continent, Africa, to come contest for this big position. It’s also interesting for you to know that I have dedicated victory to all lovers of badminton even my friend Mr Larry keys of South Africa for all he’s been doing our confederation, BCA, I salute you,” Senchi said.

“Finally, I believe it’s going to be a good era for badminton in Africa, thus, I urged you to support me.”

Malabu Oil: Criminal Trial To Begin June 8, 2017

Arik Air Takeover: Court Fixes May 15 For RulingAn Abuja High Court presided over by Justice Danlami Senchi, has fixed June 8, 2017 for the commencement of criminal trial against Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company Limited and others.

The others involved include: Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited, ENI SPA, former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dan Etete and former Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Adoke.

Also joined in the case filed by the Federal Government are: Aliyu Abubakar, Ralph Wetzels, Casula Roberto, Pujatti Stefeno, Burrafato Sebastiano and Malabu Oil and Gas Limited.

In the three-count charge preferred against the 11 defendants, Shell Petroleum Nigeria Exploration Production Company Limited, Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited, ENI SPA and some directors of the oil companies were accused of giving out $801 million ‎for the illegal acquisition of Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd.

The Federal Government also accused Mr Etete, Mr Adoke and others of illegally receiving the sum of $801 million to grant Oil Prospecting Licence 245 to Malabu Oil and Gas Limited.

US, Poland, Austria To Compete At Abuja International Badminton Event

badmintonNine countries have confirmed participation for this year’s Abuja International Badminton Championship scheduled to serve off on September 30, at the Gymnasium Hall of the National Stadium.

Top on the list include the USA, Poland and Austria. Other countries that will also feature at the International Championship are Turkey, Egypt, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa and Mauritius.

Host country, Nigeria, will compete with her very best players in the event which promises to bring together over 100 internationally ranked badminton players into the country.

The championship is coming barely two weeks after the conclusion of the African Games in Congo, where Nigeria won six medals in Badminton.

Leading Nigerian players who at various times were best players on the continent including Jinkam Ifraimu, Ola Fagbemi and Maria Braimah will file out to compete alongside younger, but vastly improved players like Grace Gabriel, Tosin Atolegbe and other rising stars.

International stars expected to feature at the four-day event are Kate Fookune, the Mauritian who won the female gold in the African Games in Brazaville and the male gold medalist, Edwin Ekiring from Uganda.

President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), Justice Danlami Senchi, said that the tournament has been sanctioned by the Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA) and the World Badminton Federation (WBF).

“This is an international championship and our aim is to attract the best players of Badminton to Nigeria, so we are doing everything to make sure the championship is successful” he stated.

“The game of Badminton holds a lot of promise in our country. We contributed immensely to the medals haul at the just concluded All African Games (AAG) and our intention is to keep improving the game as we move along” Justice Senchi explained.

Secretary of the Federation, Mrs Miriam Akande, confirmed that all arrangements have been put in place to make the tournament successful.

“As you know, security of the players is uppermost in our minds so we have made elaborate arrangements on the issue of security.

“We have also prepared adequately for the welfare of players and officials,” the Secretary stated.

Mrs Akande also gave the assurance that crucial items like playing mats, shuttles and other equipment have been provided to meet international standards while the technical crew was working round the clock to ensure quality officiating among others.

The Federation wants corporate bodies and sports lovers to support the game of badminton, particularly the Abuja International Championship so good followership can be achieved.

Court Restrains FCDA From Demolishing Houses In Gwarimpa

court_courtAn Abuja High Court presided over by Justice Danlami Senchi has granted an order of injunction restraining the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) from further demolishing houses at Winning Clause Estate in Gwarimpa pending the hearing and determination of a suit filed by subscribers to the estate.

At the resumed hearing of the suit, lawyer to the plaintiffs, Mr Femi Falana told the court that ahead of the court’s sitting; agents of the estate developer demolished several houses despite a consent judgment of the court which mandated parties to maintain the status quo.

Lawyer to the former owners of the estate, Mr Imoke Steve, also condemned the demolition exercise saying the defendants acted outside the consent judgment agreed to by all the parties.

Justice Senchi after granting the injunction adjourned hearing of the suit to May 19.

The Development Control Department of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) had led over 60 armed soldiers and mobile policemen to the estate for a demolition exercise where over 200 houses were pulled down.