It is sad. Can we start with singing the Nunc Dimitis for Nigerian football? Its obsequies has begun. I once said it here that conspiracy of evil doers will destroy the last fabric of this nation which sports has always represented.
Victor Rumson Baribote NEVER went to a secondary school. The Directorate of State Security Service (DSS) knows this, investigated and found out the truth and never made it public because some people influenced the decision.
His personally filled records when he was contesting for the board membership of the NPL which metamorphosed into Chairmanship revealed more. He attended a school that was not on WAEC nor on NECO’s list where he claimed he had his secondary school certificate.
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He was "crowned" the NPL chairman. He was not elected. He was selected. Yes, he played for Kwara Bombers with modulated date of birth at the age of 9! What a record?
Coming from the warped background of such a ‘leader’ what do we expect from such a person?
This is a man who had done the worst damage to the image of the NPL than any other person can and should ever do. He was involved in several cases of match fixing with details in the public domain. (See National Pilot report below).
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Ways out: I have looked carefully at the rules. There is no Board of the NPL anywhere by legal interpretations. Secondly, the so-called decree 101 is the operative law. That law has empowered the Minister of Sports to appoint the Executive Secretary of the NPL. This is a first step. Depending on who is appointed. Any other step or recourse to a committee to waste time and come up with reports will help our league to go further down into abyss.
Thirdly, with the affidavit of the nation’s Attorney General, Mohammed Adoke (SAN) which an Abuja Federal High Court is expected to sit on by the 20th September, 2012 the NFF DOES not have a Secretary General, nor a board and secretariat. That becomes the true position of the Federal Government.
Now, go back to the judgements of Justices Donatus Okorowa and of the Federal High Court (Abuja and Lagos respectively). The NFA Act 2004 (as amended) is the only operative law which empowers the Minister of Sports the power to set our football on the path of honour, integrity and order.
Siddon look. Wait and watch.
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 06:25 By Ben Nwachukwu
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The storm hitting the Nigerian Leagues has once again moved towards the chairman of the Nigeria Premier League, NPL, Victor Rumson Baribote, who has been accused of match-fixing which is a grievous offence in football.
The charges with damning evidences, which are detailed with names of persons and events, may have given credence to the earlier claim by Iyke Igbokwe that the NPL chairman was luring him into corrupt practices by trying to influence the automatic relegation of Sunshine Stars believed to be the base of his avowed opponent and enemy, Akin Akinbobola.
In a 12-page letter written by Comrade Prince Udofia dated July 11, 2012, and addressed to all board members of the Nigeria Premier League, titled: ‘Petition Against NPL Chairman Chief Rumson Victor Baribote For Committing Impeachable Offences And Embarrassing The NPL And NFF With Offensive Conduct,’ Udofia claimed to be a member of the Association of Professional Footballers of Nigeria, APFON.
He added: “I am one of the committed people that stood up and fought for Chief Rumson Victor Baribote in his struggle to wrestle his mandate from Mr. Davidson Owumi. I am petitioning against Chief Baribote now because his performance in office has instead of promoting the growth of the NPL as we planned, caused a serious downslide in the NPL such that people like us are totally disappointed and have to speak out now.”
Udofia laid 15 grounds of impeachment of his friend, Baribote, in his letter and claimed: “the unlawful directive given to Barrister Iyke Igbokwe, vice chairman of NFF disciplinary committee by Chief Baribote to ensure that Sunshine Stars F.C. Akure was relegated using the two matches: Lobi Stars vs Sunshine Stars and ABS vs Sunshine Stars; I and Mr. Jonah Chukwu were there when Baribote was scolding Barrister Igbokwe for not implementing the relegation of Sunshine Stars at the NFF Disciplinary Committee Hearing.”
Another case he brought against Baribote was the overture he made to the “match commissioner of the Ocean Boys VS Enyimba match in Yenagoa, to ensure that Ocean Boys F.C. won the match at all costs (which the Match Commissioner duly reported in his match report).”
In the third charge of match-fixing against the NPL chairman, Udofia stated: “Last season, as chairman of Bayelsa United, he bulldozed into a match involving Gabros FC and Rising Stars FC in a National League match that did not concern him or his club. Baribote sealed a fifteen million Naira (N15, 000,000) agreement with Gabros FC, who did not have money to play the match to enable Gabros FC honour the match.”
Reacting, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF president, Aminu Maigari told Pilot Sports in a telephone interview from Lagos that he was aware of the petition but disclosed that he was yet to see his copy having been away to Lagos to receive the new giant trophy donated by Governor Babatunde Fashola for the Federation Cup.
He, however, said he would take time to study the petition on arrival and follow the due process to treat it with dispatch.
“I am aware of the petition but you know I am in Lagos as I talk with you to receive the brand new giant trophy donated to the federation by the sports-loving governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola for the replacement of the old Federation Cup trophy but when I return to Abuja, I will study the petition carefully and act accordingly.”
The NFF president assured that he would not act on hearsay but maintained that the law would take its course.
In a related development, several calls to the personal number of the NPL chairman were not answered but an aid to the chairman confirmed to Pilot Sports that the League body had received the petition.