The NPL (Nigeria  Premier League) has slapped a six-month ban on Warri Wolves player Okey Nwabeke and has handed life bans to two fans following an incident before a league match between Enugu Rangers and Warri Wolves in Nnewi last season.

The board of the NPL took these decisions after it examined the report of a five-man committee headed by Emmanuel Okaro, which reviewed the incident in Nnewi.

Nwabeke was punished for “unguarded comments” he made after the incident. Meanwhile, a notorious fan popularly called ‘Ogubjobi’ and another supporter were banned for life as they were deemed to have brought the game into disrepute.

Chairman of Warri Wolves, Pinnick Amaju, has also been ordered to apologise to NPL chairman Oyuki Obaseki for asking him to resign as a result of the incident.

Warri Wolves are to tender a public apology to Rangers and the league’s board for a false allegation against their opposition regarding the death of the goalkeeper Orobosa Adun.

The NPL board said it is convinced that from the report, the player’s death was not as a result of skirmishes in Nnewi as an autopsy was not conducted before the burial of the goalkeeper.

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