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Sports ministry rebuts purported suspension of rugby president


The Federal Ministry of Sports has refuted an allegation that the President of Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF), Kelechukwu Mbagwu, has been suspended from office.

According to the ministry, they have issued directives to the president as the supervising ministry, but do not have the authority to suspend the president of a federation without members of the board’s input.

According to the NRFF Media Officer, Debo Osuhundun, who is also the Chairman of Lagos State Sports Writers Association (SWAN), he confirmed that a letter was received from the ministry of sports, which would be discussed during the board meeting early February.


“Ntiense Williams, who was the former technical director of NRFF cannot be imposed on the board as he is an appointee of the said body. It is common law that an employee cannot be imposed on an employer or vice versa and as such Williams remains sacked until the board pronounces otherwise.

The ministry however has denied reinstating Ntiense Williams and declined further comment on the matter.

The ministry has also issued certain directives and guidelines, it is up to the board to comply or face the consequences,”Debo said, adding that the NRFF would release relevant information to move the game of rugby forward after the board meeting.

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