NFF lifts ban on Baribote, Adepoju, others

Baribote [Photo: mtnfootball.com]

The Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Tuesday, lifted the ban on the former chairman of the Nigeria Premier League, Victor Baribote.

The Federation also lifted the ban on Leye Adepoju, a former chairman of the Oyo State Football Association who was banned by the Aminu Maigari-led leadership for 15 years.

The two men, whose bans were lifted, were executive board members of the NFF.

The NFF’s decision is contained in a communiqué released at the end of its meeting at the NFF Secretariat, Abuja.

The ban on another former football administrator, Taiwo Ogunjobi, was not lifted as the Federation said it was waiting for the confirmation of withdrawal of his case from the Court of Arbitration.

Some other former football administrators who were banned also had their bans lifted.

“After exhaustive deliberations, the Committee unanimously decided to lift bans of various lengths placed on the following members of Nigeria football family: Chief Rumson Baribote, Barr. Olaleye Adepoju, Mr. Jarrett Tenebe and Mr. Olajide Fashikun. The ban on former Member of NFF Executive Committee, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi will be lifted once communication is received from the Court of Arbitration for Sport that he has withdrawn his case. Other banned persons will have their cases reviewed as soon as they appear before the Committee.”

Some of those whose bans were lifted were asked to resume at their previous positions.

“Following from the above, Barr. Olaleye Adepoju will, with immediate effect, retake the Chairmanship of Oyo State Football Association and his seat on the Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation. Also, Mr. Chidi Ofor Okenwa retakes his seat as Chairman of Enugu State Football Association,” the federation stated.

However, the lifting of the ban placed on Mr. Baribote is as far as football –related activities are concerned, and do not restore him to his former position as chairman of the NPL, the communiqué stated.


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