The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has handed former Nigeria Football Association (NFA) secretary general, Taiwo Ogunjobi, and ex-chairman of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) Victor Baribote a ten and fifteen-year ban respectively.
This decision was made by the Executive Committee (ExCo) of the NFF, after a meeting held a day to the 2014 Fifa World Cup playoff match between Nigeria and Ethiopia at the Saro-Naria hotel in Addis Ababa.
They said the decision to ban the two former top ranked members of the NFA from football related activities was based on the report of an investigative committee headed by barrister Chris Green and Chief Emeka Inyama on their respective cases.
Chief Ogunjobi’s involvement in the recent transfer logjam of Flying Eagles striker Olarenwaju Kayode has prompted the recommendation of a ten-year ban by the Barrister Green-led panel while the Inyama-led committee that looked into the merit of Baribote’s petition against the NFF president Aminu Maigari approved a 15-year ban.
According to a communiqué issued at the end of the their meeting and signed by the chairman of the communiqué draft committee, Chief Inyama, the decision to ban the two ex-board members is subject to ratification by the Congress of Nigeria Football at the next Annual General Assembly, as contained in the NFF Statutes.
The NFF Executive Committee also among other deliberations, resolved to set up a four-man committee to investigate an allegation of bribery against its member, Barrister Olaleye Adepoju; who has been suspended as the chairman of the Organising and Disciplinary Committee (O&D) of the federation.