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Football | Nigeria

Baribote heads to law court



Former Nigeria Premier League (NPL) chairman, Rumson Victor Baribote is dragging into another round of court suit.

Baribote was unanimously kicked out at the 7th annual congress of the NPL held on December 11 in Abuja after being accused of misappropriation of fund, lack of transparency and accountability which the clubs owners claimed was responsible for the inability of the Nigeria's top flight to attract sponsorship for the past two seasons.

The NFF, however in their annual general meeting (AGM) held in Port Harcourt this month ratified the decision taken at the NPL congress and therefore set up a 13-man committee which includes former Nigerian international, Nwankwo Kanu.

Baribote disclosed to supersport.com that it would be disastrous for his status to allow injustice to prevail in the NPL.

“(The) NFF has been served a letter and we are meeting this Friday at the Federal High Court 7 in Abuja as I will not allow them to cheat me.

“Nigeria Premier League was last season rated as one of the best league in Africa, and yet they claimed that it was the worst season ever in the history of the Nigerian football.

“I am a lawyer and things must be done the way it should be and I would never fold my hands and allow injustice in the Premier League. We will meet in court on Friday, and we shall see what will happen,” Baribote said in vexation.

Hearing the latest development, ABS' midfielder, Lordson Ichull begged Baribote not to allow litigation hinder the start of the 2012/13 NPL season.

“I believe no player will hear this and be happy at this time that we are all ready to start the new season. I want to beg Baribote to please because of we, the NPL players, to forget the issue as we are all tired of sleeping at home,” Ichull said to supersport.com.

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