Baribote to NFF panel: I can only appear before FIFA

Baribote said it is illegal for him to appear before a committee set up by the Alhaji Aminu Maigari-led NFF Executive Committee.
Describing the committee as “a kangaroo one”, Baribote, who was the second Vice Chairman of the NFF Executive Committee before his ouster, says the committee that lacks jurisdiction to summon him.
The Nembe City FC Chairman, in a letter to the committee through his counsel, PO Ogun & Co, insisted that ideally the committee should rather investigate the federation’s boss first to ascertain the veracity and validity of the petition he wrote against him to FIFA, stating emphatically that he will not appear before the investigative committee.
The letter, which was copied CAF and d FIFA reads: “Our client received an email on September 4 inviting him to appear before an Investigative Committee headed by Chief Emeka Inyama set up by the president of the Nigeria Football Federation to thoroughly investigate him on the petition he wrote to FIFA.”
“According to our client while it would have been a pleasure to appear before the said investigative committee to state his case, the said president of NFF, Alhaji Aminu Maigari that the petition was written against was and has not been invited to defend the allegations in the petition written to FIFA. But, rather it is our client that id been invited to be investigated on the strength of his petition and as such he cannot appear before the said investigative committee.
“From the invitation sent to our client it is obvious that the mischief done to him sometime last year has not ended as can be seen from the setting up of the committee by Maigari, the person the petition was written against. It amounted to him been the accuser and the judge at the same time.
“To show that the essence of setting up the investigation panel against our client is to infringe his right further, Mr. Taiwo Ogunjobi was invited based on the petitioned against him from Kayode Olarenwaju. But the reverse is the case with our client who petitioned FIFA.
“We have our client’s firm instructions to inform the committee that they have no jurisdiction to invite him for any reason as his matter is already before FIFA and as you are aware your humble self has forwarded a response to FIFA on the strength of the petition written by our client to FIFA. But, rather than wait for the outcome, the president of NFF has hastily constituted a kangaroo investigative committee to investigate him thoroughly on his written petition to FIFA.
“We have studied the whole scenario giving rise to this invitation and we therefore warn that should any step be taken by the so called investigative committee against our client capable of breaching his fundamental rights will see us heading to the ordinary court of law. We remind your humble self that there are pending cases in court over the same issues.”

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