*Okumagba is fraudulent – Ikpea
In the latest controversy on the proprietorship of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, the National Chairman of one of the factions, Rev. Samuel Ikpea described the other factional chairman, Prince Vincent Okumagba, as a shame and disgrace to Delta state and Nigeria. Okumagba responded with details of visa racketeering allegations against Ikpea demanding a rebuttal if they can.
Ikpea started the latest tirade when he said Okunmagba was impeached for his fraudulent activities (which were not stated). That, he (Ikpea) was begged by the President of Nigeria Football Federation, Pinnick Amaju to revert his impeachment as not to tarnish his (Okumagba) image.
Ikpea spoke with sports journalists in Benin last weekend. He alleged Vincent Okunmagba took 177 names of unknown members of the club to Brazil embassy and claimed that the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, gave him 90 of the list who are his political followers.
Ikpea added that Okumagba also faked 43 bank statements which was discovered, saying that “the lady he parades as secretary was arrested and detained at Interpol for three days. The case is still on going.”
“This is a man who never contested an election in the club, a man the board of trustees has publicly disclaimed on the pages of newspaper, he is still banking on Pinnick Amaju to Impersonate himself as chairman of NFSC.
“The press and Nigerians should ask him to present the certificate of registration he operates on. Nigeria football supporters club is a registered body and not affiliated to NFF and has worked with many ministers and NFF presidents in harmony and will not succumb to this present NFF in trying to promote illegality or encourage tribal sentiment in their administration.
“The sacrifice of the founding fathers and members will not spare such a person or persons. We use our time, money over the years to do what we are doing because of the passion. The club embarked on fasting and prayer before the Cameroon match, pay their way to Uyo, accommodate themselves, purchased tickets for 1, 500 and also travelled by road to Yaoundé, Cameroon with over 100 members to and fro for nine days on the road leaving our families, jobs for the development of the Nigeria qualification to world cup, and one man who never go through pains of such will want to create confusion in the club.
“My advise to Okumagba if he truly has a future and a case on his dismissal he should fight it legally than trusting on Pinnck who will not be there for ever.
On his views on Nigeria national team’s road to Russia 2018, Rev Ikpea said Super Eagles road to Russia 2018 is on the positive saying, “I can see all Nigerians are having one mind now, that Nigeria must qualify.”
He said he doesn’t see Zambian as threat or spoiler to our qualification come 7th of October. Just as we dealt with the Lions of Cameroon both home and away, so we will plot the massive fall of Zambia.
“They will fall like the Biblical wall of Jericho for Nigeria to go to the world cup. As we have commenced in the supporters’ club the work already. Nigeria no tension, we are winning by the grace of God.
Okumagba’s response unedited: When www.gongnews.net confronted Okumagba with the allegations, he laughed so heartily saying, “those allegations are baseless. They do not appeal to common sense. How can one man fake 43 bank statements in this country? I have visas to all major countries of the world so why fake statements? I have said before that they should go to those institutions mentioned and if it is confirmed that I Vincent Okumagba is involved in any such issue, I would step down immediately and if not they should go and bury their heads in shame.
“Ikpea is a jobless man who thrives on visa racketeering. That is why as a secretary of the Supoorters Club for eight years he would never allow the protocol department to function because of his love for quick money through visa racketeering.
“Take his name to the special fraud unit of Nigeria Police you will be amazed at the number of cases against him there. You will never find a single case against me with the police anywhere in Nigeria.
Prince Vincent Okumagba added, “Rafiu Ladipo should be advised to quit honourably now that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the sports ministry have deserted him. They are merely expressing their frustration because we are miles ahead of them.”
Okumagba disclosed “we are increasing in the volume and spread of our membership daily, we have just inaugurated the Akwa Ibom state chapter, Plateau state chapter is going to be launched in three weeks time and others will follow. These are our focal points at the moment.
“They are crying now because I have spoilt their business. Supporters club is for all Nigerians the certificate they claimed to have I also have. We are in court on that and Festus Keyamo is heading our legal team.”
Answering a question posed at him, Okumagba told www.gongnews.net that Ikpea was disallowed entry to Canada and deported for human trafficking in 2015. Please ask him. Right now, his wife and children’s passports has been seized by a man Ikpea duped of N4 million promising them family visa and failed. Tell him to show you his wife’s passport if it’s a lie.”