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Edo 2020: Team Ondo Picks Volleyball, Abula Gold, Beats Team Edo


High expectations of Team Ondo to win medals at the 20th National Sports Festival in Benin City, Edo State has yielded result when the team won two gold medals on Saturday.

The two gold medals being the first for the state since the sports festival started last week came in through the game of volleyball and abula respectively played at the University of Benin sports complex, Ugbowo.

In the men’s volleyball event, Team Ondo beat host, Team Edo by three sets to one set, thus picked the gold medal.

The team demonstrated the stuff they were made of by beating Edo and other states hands down to confirm its superiority having won the tournament several time since last decade

Moreover, the second gold of the day was raked in courtesy of the abula players who defeated Team Edo in two straight sets.

The game of Abula suffered several postponement due to an allegation that the team paraded unaccredited players which forced the technical officials to summon an emergency meeting before the final decision.

The outcome of the meeting later enabled the spirit of sportsmanship to reign, since the aim of festival is to forestall peace among the 36 states ended in favour of Team Ondo.

Meanwhile, the Ondo State Sports Council (OSSC), General Manager, Mr Henry Babatunde could not but rejoiced with the best team in Nigeria, who won the festival volleyball gold for the council Information Officer, Adenike Sanni, who celebrated her birthday at the venue.

Edo 2020: Unstoppable Adeyemi Picks Third Darts Gold For Team Ogun


Ololade Adeyemi was unstoppable on Saturday as she picked her third gold medal in darts event at the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival in Benin City, Edo State.

Adeyemi, having won the 701 and TDB category days back added the 301 category to make it three gold in three events she has participated so far.

The darts rave of the moment, Adeyemi hereby left her compatriot, Toluwanimi Odedola to win the silver while the bronze medal was won by Onuyo Onajite of Team Edo.

In a chat with Newsnigeriaonline.com.ng, she revealed her determination to win available medals in all her events, adding that Team Ogun has come to showcase their talents and win as many medals possible in darts game.

Meanwhile, as the game of darts continue, Team Ogun has the opportunity of winning gold in other events slated to hold such as 201, 501, team event, open and many others.

Edo 2020: Team Ekiti Wins First Gold, Joins Medals Chart


Team Ekiti on Friday joined the list of state with gold medals at the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival holding in Benin City, Edo State, eight days after the commencement of the festival.

Tunde Adewole wrote the Fountain of Knowledge State name in gold after coming top at the final of the men’s race for partially impaired athletes when he clocked a time of 11.39 seconds to emerge winner ahead of other contenders.

The joy in the camp of Team Ekiti knew no bound as the single gold medal has pushed the state up to the middle of the medals table.

Elsewhere, the state scrabble players have progressed to the next stage of the game after beating their counterparts from Imo State.

Actions began on Friday in Ayo olopon as Ekiti representatives drawn against the likes of FCT, Delta and Kwara states lost in the men’s singles while the female event resumes today

Persons with disabilities representing Ekiti State also started competition in Para-athletics while Para-powerlifting begins today at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in Benin city, Edo state

Moreover, all the five badminton players from the state crashed out of the festival as they lost to their respective strong opponents.

In boxing, Ekiti female boxer, Alade Oluwatobi knocked out her opponent from Abia State in the second round of 60kg to move to medals table at the sports fiesta .

In Athletics, three female sprinters, Blessing Aguda, Adetutu Aladeloye and Sayo Oluwole have qualified for semifinals coming up today while in the men’s category, Igbagbo Owolabi, Gboyega Adelola and Adekalu Fakorede have also qualified for the semifinal.

There were injury scare for some Ekiti gymnasts at the sports festival, though contest for medals still continues in the coming days at various events .


Cleric Arrested Over Abduction Of Teenager For Ritual


Nemesis caught up with a self acclaimed Islamic cleric, Amodu Jamiu who abducted a 15 year old girl and attempted to use her for ritual in Ogun State.

Jamiu, a 36 year old was apprehended on April 5th, 2021 by men of Ogun State Police Command according to a press release by DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, PPRO of the state command in Friday.

Oyeyemi narrated in the release that the self acclaimed cleric was arrested following a report lodged at Sango Divisional Headquarters by the victim.

“She reported that while she was coming from her working place at about 5:30 pm, she was accosted by the suspect, who lured her into an uncompleted building after touching her with an object.

“She stated further that on getting to the building, the suspect striped her naked and used a white handkerchief to rub her private part, as well as all over her body.

“It was a good Samaritan, who unknown to the suspect, was watching the whole incident that came to her rescue as she has become unconscious.

“Upon the report, the DPO Sango division, CSP Godwin Idehai, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect. He was subsequently traced and apprehended.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed that he has the intention of afflicting the victim with a sickness, which will enable him to extort her parents of huge amount of money having successfully done it to two different persons in the past.

“Search warrant was executed in his house, and a lot of dangerous charms was recovered from there.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun has ordered the transfer of the case to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and possible prosecution,” PPRO stated.

Edo 2020: Team Ogun Displays 5 Star Performance, Wins 5 Gold On Friday


It was harvest of gold on Friday as Team Ogun displayed five star performance at the 20th National Sports Festival holding in Benin City, Edo State.

The state athletes got their redeems well on the day and hereby put the camp into jubilation with a resounding five gold, one silver in some of the events they participated.

Dorcas Adesokan confirmed her supremacy as the Nigeria top badminton player when she claimed gold at the expense of Team Edo player, Ruth Ebere by two straight sets of 21/14, 22/20 to lift the female single’s event gold. The bronze medals went to Sofiat Obaninshola of Team Kwara and Deborah Ukeh of Team Edo.

Earlier in the day, Ololade Adeyemi grabbed another gold in TDB ladies event after beating the duo of Favour O from Team Imo and Onajite Onuyo of Edo State to silver and bronze medal respectively.

At the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium where the Para-Athletics events were decided, Oluwakemi Ladipo of T53 won gold ahead of her compatriot, Dauda Aina T54 who settled for silver while Team Delta athlete picked the bronze in the wheelchair 100m event.

The fourth gold of the day was recorded by Lateef Lasisi in the golf single’s match play event. Haruna Mohammed of Team Kano snatched the silver ahead of Sam Agbeiyegbe of Team Edo who settled for the bronze medal.

However, the duo of Bukunmi Afolayan and Adebisi Adekansi were at their best as they won the scrabble ladies doubles event gold, to complete the Team Ogun five star performance for the day.

Other areas whereby Team Ogun won medals on Friday too were para-athletic (partial blind) with three bronze. Athletics won one silver while squash recorded three bronze just as golf player won one bronze in another event decided at the Benin Club Golf Section (BCGS), GRA, Benin City.

Meanwhile, Team Ogun now has a total of twenty five medals comprised of seven gold, four silver and fourteen bronze medals, thus put the state among the top ten states dominating the sports festival.


Edo 2020: Hon. Adams Charges Team Ogun For More Gold, Praises Team Resilience


Hon. Sola Adams, Chairman, House Committee on Youths and Sports, at the Ogun State House of Assembly has charged the Team Ogun to aspire for more gold medals at the 20th National Sports Festival holding in Benin City, Edo State.

The biennial sports festival tagged ‘Edo 2020’ which commenced from April 2nd – 14th, 2021 is featuring all the 36 states in the country including Federal Capital Territory.

The lawmaker has been in the ancient Benin City since the arrival of the contingent over the weekend and have been moving from one venue to another venue to give maximum support to the state athletes and officials.

In a chat with sports writers at the boxing venue, Akenzua Cultural Centre, Hon. Adams, representing Ijebu East State Constituency commended the state athletes for their resilience and determination to excel and make the state proud at the festival.

He revealed that with what he has witnessed across various venues, he believed that Ogun State is blessed with talented athletes and officials who were well disciplined and ready to win more laurels for the state.

He however charged them to perform well and win more gold and other medals for the state, noting that the state government is doing its best to bring more development to sports activities in due season.

“I am expecting more gold, silver and bronze medals from the athletes, and all the good things that follow the sports festival. I discovered that our team is all prepared and planned for this festival. By God’s grace at the end of the festival, our team will come out victorious.

“I never expected the large crowd seeing at venues, I am very impress with the outcome and the way Edo State government is organising the event. I am looking forward for Ogun State to host this kind of sports festival.

“With all these, government will generate revenue from people that will be coming for the event. People will buy things and it will boost the internal revenue. State economy will improve as they will not return to their states without buying from our markets. Our market women will make enough money too,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Team Ogun has won two gold, one silver and seven bronze medals in various sports events namely taekwondo, darts, badminton, kingfu and many others.

Edo 2020: Presidency Resolves Sports Ministry, Edo Government Crisis Games Continue


The last minute intervention of the Presidency has resolved what could have become a big shame between the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and Edo State Government over plans by the latter to abruptly end the 20th National Sports Festival holding in the state.

The host state government on Wednesday announced its readiness to end the sports festival on Friday due to inability of the federal government to fulfil its monetary obligations to them, a situation that put athletes and official as well as other stakeholders in disarray.

With the presidency intervention, the uncertainty surrounding the continuation of festival holding in Benin City, Edo State has now been resolved following re -assurance by the federal government to support Edo State government.

A statement emanated from the Media Office of the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare on Thursday confirmed the development.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Nebeolisa Anako speaking in Benin City on Thursday said: “Following the news making the rounds that the Edo State government will shut down the National Sports Festival if the Federal Government support does not come through.

“The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development is the organiser of the sports festival while Edo State government is the host.

“I wish to announce that the athletes are in their various game villages and games are ongoing following the intervention of the Presidency assuring that the financial support to the state government is in it final processing stage.

“The games are not under threat. There was an information gap earlier, but as we speak, the games are ongoing and we assure you there won’t be any closure till the closing of the sports festival,” Anako concluded.

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