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NPL board dissolved, Obaseki may face probe

Oyuiki Obaseki’s tenure as chairman of the Nigeria Premier League expired on Monday night, and following the official dissolution of his executive committee, NPL sources say a far-reaching probe of his tenure will be carried out in the coming days.

Obaseki and his board members battled long and hard at a meeting that lasted way past midnight to secure an extension of their tenure, pending the election of a new executive committee, but met steely resistance from the management of the secretariat, led by Executive Secretary Alhassan Yakmut.

In the end, they were forced to back down and will now face an investigation into their management of the body’s finances.

Allegations of financial impropriety have been whispered in the corridors of the NPL, and extensively reported by Next, a national daily, but no steps had been taken by the NPL to investigate the charges.

A top member of the NPL secretariat, however, told KickOffNigeria.com that all expenses will now be audited.
“An instruction will be sent to the bank this morning to furnish us with all documents signed by Obaseki during his time, as he was the only one who approved all expenses.

“We will also look into the allegations of N50 million retainership for a lawyer, and how the broadcast rights were awarded to Total Promotions rather than directly to the broadcaster.”

Additionally, the NPL would also stop paying the rent for Obaseki’s house in Abuja when it runs out this year, and the salaries of his domestic staff, including driver, cook and others.

However, Executive Secretary, Alhassan Yakmut, said that will not be the case, at least for now.
“The secretariat is not in a position to carry out any audit of the past board’s finances, especially as it is not the end of year.

“All we can do is run the league until a new executive committee is appointed. If they decide that there is a need to carry out such an audit, it is entirely up to them.”


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