Rangers International FC and the club Secretary, Elder Joseph Onwukwe have been charged with infractions of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Rules and Framework in the course of mediation proceedings in the dispute between the club and their former coach, Imama Amapakabo, the League Management Company has said.
The LMC official say they subsequently levied sanctions on the club and the official with Rangers fined N5m and Onwukwe banned from all NPFL activities for a period of one year.
The LMC also directed Rangers to pay the sacked coach various sums including N14,560,000 representing his salaries for April to October 2017 and compensation for wrongful termination, N1,600,000 representing his salary for November and December 2016, N600,000 which represents arrears of allowances and bonuses and $725 which is international travel allowance owed Amapakabo.
Onwukwe allegedly issued threats, saying, “The coach is an individual whereas the Club is an apparatus of the government and that he must stop giving the Club problems,” thereby failing to show due respect to others involved in the game.
Rangers International FC was charged for inappropriate handling of official correspondence with the LMC as well as failing to act with utmost good faith in the claim over a vehicle which formed part of the matter in the dispute contrary to Rule 5.5.1.
The coach was arrested on Wednesday in Abuja and released by Rangers the following day as their disagreement continues. It was learnt that he was picked up by the police within the premises of LMC when a meeting ended.