Save us from sack – Enyimba CSO, others beg Otti
The Chief Security Officer of Enyimba Football Club of Aba, Ogbonnaya Agwu, has claimed that approximately eight employees of the club have been instructed to cease working by the Sporting Director, Mr Ifeanyi Ekwueme.
However, Ekwueme has denied any dismissals, asserting that the reports of firings within the Aba club are attempts to tarnish the reputation of the State government.
Agwu, along with two other staff members of the club, held a press conference in Umuahia, where he asserted that they were told to stop working despite the state government’s statement that no one had been terminated. Agwu expressed concern that these employees, who have stopped working, have also gone unpaid for about four months. He noted that other Enyimba staff have received their salaries recently.
Agwu further alleged that the Sporting Director intends to dismiss additional Enyimba staff and replace them with individuals who are not from Abia State. He provided a list of names, including his own, of employees who were allegedly relieved of their duties.
The alleged directive to terminate them was purportedly issued by Ndubuisi Ofoma, acting on behalf of the sporting director.
Agwu called on Governor Alex Otti to intervene and reconsider the decision, contending that the dismissals were not authorized by the governor but carried out by the sporting director.
In response, Ifeanyi Ekwueme, the new Sporting Director of Enyimba, dismissed the allegations as a deliberate attempt to tarnish Governor Otti’s image and that of the state. He emphasized that no staff members were fired by Enyimba and challenged Agwu and others to produce dismissal letters from the club management to substantiate their claims.
Ekwueme clarified that the Chief Security Officer, Ogbonnaya Agwu, was allegedly negligent in his duty recently, leading to inadequate security measures within the club. As a result, the Team Manager reportedly asked Agwu to temporarily step aside from his role.
Ekwueme maintained that there were no dismissals and urged Enyimba staff not to become pawns in attempts to cause disruption within the club for political reasons. He highlighted that the new management’s aim is to elevate Enyimba to greater success.