NFA slams 10-year ban on Lam Adesina’s son, others over N1.5m bribe

Semiu Salami
Semiu Salami
Nigeria Football Association

The Nigeria Football Association (NFA) on Monday, imposed a 10-year ban on a member of the board, Olaleye Adepoju, for allegedly receiving bribe from a football club.

The Chief Media Officer of the NFA, Ademola Olajire, said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday.

Also affected by the ban, according to Olajire, is a former Commissioner for Sports in Oyo State, Dapo Lam-Adesina.

Olajire said the decision to ban the two sports administrators was taken by the Emergency Committee of the NFA.

He said the committee’s action followed a recommendation of the investigative committee headed by Chris Green, also a board member of the NFA.

By the ban, the duo are prohibited from engaging in football activities for the entire duration of the ban.

Olajire said that the committee unanimously agreed that the case against Adepoju was proved beyond reasonable doubt.

It would be recalled that Adepoju was alleged to have collected N1.5 million from Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan, a Glo Premier League side to help influence a decision in their favour in an abandoned league game against Sunshine Stars in Akure.

Adepoju, who is also the Oyo FA Chairman, had in his defense admitted he collected the money from the club, but insisted that the money was for professional services he rendered to the club as its lawyer.

Meanwhile, the Emergency Committee has invited the Inspector-General of Police to investigate the allegation of impersonation preferred against Chidi Ofo Okenwa, the Chairman of Enugu State Football Association.

The committee also ordered Okenwa to step aside pending the determination of the case against him.

The committee said that the decision also followed the recommendation of the investigative committee into the allegation.

The Chairman of the NFA, Aminu Maigari, as well as his deputy, Mike Umeh, were present at the meeting.

Other NFA board members who also attended the meeting were Emeka Inyama, Muazu Suleyman, Yusuf Ahmed and Ahmad Kawu.

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