FIBA dissolves factional Nigeria Basketball boards

The letter stated further:World basketball governing body, FIBA, has dissolved the existing factions of the Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF).

Two groups, one led by immediate past president, Tijjani Umar and another by Musa Kida laid claims to the leadership of the federation following separate elections held last year.

FIBA’s verdict was expected to put an end to the crisis especially with Commonwealth Games around the corner.

According to a letter signed by its Secretary General, Patrick Bauman, and addressed to NBBF Secretary, Chimezie Asiegbu, and the Nigeria Olympic Committee, the apex body recognises neither party.

The decision became necessary as the June 12 and 13, 2017 elections held in Kano and Abuja respectively failed to meet its statutes.

“In the absence of an amicable solution between the parties, the Executive Committee has decided that new elections shall be held,” FIBA wrote.

FIBA, which maintained its earlier stance of not recognizing both elections, pointed out that it will work with relevant stakeholders to amend and develop the NBBF statutes to fully comply with all relevant and applicable regulations.

“FIBA will determine when the NBBF statutes are compliant per the above and reserve the right to oversee parts or the entirety of the elections process,” the letter concluded.