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Emmanuel Ani and Comfort Etim Take Center Stage Amidst Naira Showers at Abuja Mountain Bike Festival



Emmanuel Abba and Comfort Etim took center stage at the recently concluded 2nd edition of the Abuja Mountain Bike Festival.

Abba set a new meet record, completing the challenging Karu mountains and valleys course in an impressive 1 hour and 5 minutes. His determination paid off with a cash prize of five hundred thousand naira. Emmanuel Ani secured second place with a time of 2 hours and 13 minutes, while Badamasi Mohammed claimed the third spot.

Reflecting on his victory, Abba spoke about the demanding nature of the Karu hills, emphasizing how he stuck to his game plan throughout the race. “It was an interesting race; even when I wasn’t leading, I stuck to my strategy, and it paid off,” he said. Abba expressed excitement about the next edition, hoping to improve his time.

In the women’s category, Comfort Etim triumphed against all odds, earning a cash prize of two hundred thousand naira. She shared her surprise at the victory, mentioning moments of doubt but ultimately pushing through. “This means so much to me; I never thought I was going to win it,” she said. Etim looks forward to the next edition, intending to train more and enhance her performance.

Dr. Andrew Etsetowaghan, Chairman of the Abuja Chaingang Club, commended all participants, expressing hopes for a larger and more diverse turnout in the next edition. The event attracted notable figures, including former Presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore, who participated in the race and emphasized the significance of cycling in combating cardiovascular disease.

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CG Adeniyi Pledges More Support For Customs Team



Joel Ajayi

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service NCS Adewale Adeniyi, has pledged to continue to support the Customs Sports Teams to enable them to bring more glory to the service.

CG stated this on Tuesday when Nigeria Custom ladies secured the tickets to represent the Service and Nigeria at the forthcoming 2023 Africa Women’s Basketball League AWBL in Egypt.

Comptroller General who was represented at the event by the Deputy Comptroller General Enforcement Inspection and Investigation Abba Kura charged the team to go to Egypt and make Nigeria proud.

He said: “For this tournament, they have done well, the Service is going to encourage them to do more, I pray for them to succeed in Egypt, and to come back with the trophy to Nigeria.

“It has been a tradition of the Nigeria Customs Service to encourage officers who participate actively in sports, apart from that, we encourage all our teams in all sports and make sure that they succeed in any event they participate.”

However, at the end FIBA Africa Zone 3 Women Qualifiers tournament in Abuja, NSC topped the table with 6 points after winning two games, while the ASPAC of Benin Republic played two games won one, and lost one to secure 3 points, and the third participant Olukoya Ladies lost the two games with no points.

The Borders ladies defeated the Olukoya ladies by 55:49 to secure their second victory.

Also, the 2023  Africa Women’s Basketball League will take place in Cairo, Egypt from December 11th to 18th this year.

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