The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced the suspension of a football official and former chairman of Wikki Tourists, Auwalu Baba Jada, from all football-related activities, pending investigations into a video that has been trending online for some days now, in which he is apparently the principal character.
In the said video, the Bauchi State born football administrator who spoke in Hausa language was heard boasting about his ability to manipulate almost every club in the Nigerian league.
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He, as a matter of fact, boasted how in the 2022 season, he masterminded the relegation of Katsina United and how he helped Kano Pillars to defeat 3SC in order to save another club from relegation.
He also claimed the only club he couldn’t manipulate was MFM, the privately owned Lagos based club that was among the relegated clubs.
The video which went viral on social media set tongues wagging considering that not long ago, the same football administrator was appointed a member of the recently inaugurated Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Therefore, it didn’t come as a surprise to many when the football ruling body decided the wield the big stick by suspending Auwalu from all football-related activities pending the outcome of an investigation to be carried out by its ethics and integrity units.
The General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi said “Auwalu Baba Jada has been suspended from all football-related activities pending investigations into the video recording in which he is apparently the principal character. The investigations will be conducted by the ethics and integrity units of the Nigeria Football Federation.
“Auwalu Baba Jada will have no role in any football activity, event or programme until the investigations are concluded, and this also means he is summarily suspended from his membership of the Interim Management Committee of the Nigeria Professional Football League.”