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Cycling federation chief survives assassination attempt

By:
Tim Maloney, European Editor
Published:
November 08, 2006, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:34 BST
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Latest Cycling News for November 8, 2006

The first vice president of the Nigeria Cycling Federation (NCF), Yinka Badare, has survived a gun...

The first vice president of the Nigeria Cycling Federation (NCF), Yinka Badare, has survived a gun attack in Akure. Badare, who was attacked by unknown assailants, is recovering from surgery to remove 25 pellets lodged in his body at a private hospital in Akure.

"I thank God, I am alive to tell the story," said the vice president to Nigerian's The Tide. "I was almost dead. I thought I would not make it."

Badare said that the gunmen arrived on motorcycles and demanded his car keys and mobile phone, which he surrendered. As he was walking away, one of the thieves shot Badare just below the abdomen.

Badare's car was abandoned by the attackers and has since been recovered by the police.

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