By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
Nigeria risks losing their second place finish at the last All Africa Games in Congo following the confirmation that five of the country's athletes tested positive to banned drugs.
Youth and Sports minister Solomon Dalung who revealed this on Thursday when he met with the Nigeria Olympics Committee leadership said that while some tested positive at AAG the others failed tests at the AFN Championship in Warri.
Dalung said that as a result of this, five medals are being threatened from Nigeria's medal haul at the AAG, adding that he has directed that the names of those involved be made public.
"It is true that some Nigerian athletes tested positive to banned substances at the last AAG. As a result, five medals have been indicted and we risk losing them and that informed why we are meeting with NOC," Dalung said.
"We are still intensifying our advocacy on anti-doping. It is not always as we say it! Some times these athletes take it through food or drug to treat some ailments without knowing its application. That is why we are intensifying our efforts."
Completesportsnigeria.com gathered that the athletes involved who have been banned for a period of four years are Deborah Odeyemi, Chinazo Amadi and Samson Idiata in athletics and Sunday Eze and Thomas Kure of para athletics and power lifting respectively.