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-The Nigeria Basketball Federation ​has refuted reports that Civil Defenders Basketball Club of Abuja have been thrown out of the ongoing FIBA Africa zone 3 club championship elimination becoming hosted in Lagos.+The Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance, APDA, has said three of its local government officials in Kogi state have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.
  
  
-Speaking earlier on Thursday at a press parley with members of the sports writers Association of Nigeria ​in Lagosthe Vice President of the NBBF, Babatunde Ogunade said the Abuja primarily based club left without having consulting the organisers.+PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the abducted officials are principal officers ​in their respective local governments. They are Ademu Kadir from Idahand Messrs Alilu Omo and Ocholi from Igalamela-Odolu.
  
  
-"The board had to bend backwards to accommodate Civil Defence. As you had been awarethey have been in the hotel for four days, slept and fed prior to they packed ​their baggage and left without having recourse ​to the board or the organisers."+The Kogi State Chairman of APDA, Abdulmumini Ibrahimsaid the officers were on their way to Idah after attending ​the inaugural meeting of the state working committee of the party in Lokoja yesterday.
  
  
-He described it as a little chink in the armour of the event as it has impacted the fixtures ​and numbers of games to be played ​by participating clubs.+He explained that the bus conveying ​the party leaders was attacked by armed bandits along Idah road, and passengers were robbed while the trio were taken to an unknown destination ​by the kidnappers.
  
  
-For Ogunade, the case is straightforward given that the club’s leader of delegation to the tournament Commandant Titus Ayodele is a member of the NBBF board. +MrAbdulmumini said he has contacted ​the Commissioner ​of Police, Kogi state commandAli Janga, to report ​the incident.
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-"They own their team and it’s not the job of NBBF to clear players for FIBA competitions. As Civil Defencethey run a basketball outfit. +
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-We have already sent them the guidelines one particular clear month prior to we even sent to Kano Pillars and Gombe Bulls."​ +
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-The LOC chairman said, " Prior to we could attain them, they were already in Okene in Kogi state and there was nothing at all the federation could do because that was when I was away to obtain the cheque from the Honourable Minister for the victorious D’Tigress group."​ +
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-Meanwhile the President of FIBA Zone three and member of the FIBA Africa central boardCol. Samuel Ahmedu (rtd) has described the facility and organisation as the greatest ever due to the fact assuming office as the president of the zone. +
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-"​Facility wisethis is one particular of the best facilities that have been made use of for club championships given that I became the president of the zone. Burkina Faso hosted in 2014, Benin hosted in 2015 and Togo hosted in 2016, the normal right here is really high. +
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-All of you have watched the games, there has been no blow-out except perhaps in one or two games. All the games have been close. "​Organization smart, it has been really good."​ +
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-He acknowledged that the withdrawal of Civil Defence has dampened the enthusiasm of the organisers, but the competitors will still continue as planned. +
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-"This is life and they are in charge of their personal team and they chose not to play and they left. It does not affect those who will qualify . +
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-They have lost the chance to study and develop into better and they have exposed themselves to sanctions by FIBA and it is nobody’s fault."​ +
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-Matches will continue on currently.+