The African Boxing Confederation (AFBC) has suspended its Vice President, Azania Omo-Agege, for blackmail and falsification of documents in order to become a Board of Director.
In a statement signed by Kalong André Basile, the Secretary General of the African Boxing Confederation, Azania Omo-Agege allegedly requested $100,000 from the President of AFBC, Eyassu Wossen Berhanu, to facilitate a meeting with the Minister of Sports of Nigeria.
The statement read, “The accused person/AFBC Vice President Mr. Azania Omo Agege Siena is sanctioned with a provisional suspension and a fine of twenty thousand (20,000.00) Swiss Francs in accordance with the provisions set out in article 25.7 of the AFBC Constitution and article 31.1 of the AFBC Disciplinary Code. The decision is subject to the confirmation of AFBC Ethics Committee/AFBC Disciplinary Commission and will be made public through the website of AFBC.
“On November 13, the Nigeria Boxing Federation suspended Mr. Azania Omo Agege Siena for disciplinary issues, including forgery and falsification. It is clear here that the NBF lost confidence in Azania Omo Agege.”
It further read, “The Nigeria Boxing Federation accuses Azania of forgery and falsification of documents, including documents used for his nomination to become the candidate for AFBC BoD. This has disciplinary implications according to article 31.1 of the AFBC Disciplinary Code.
“During the visit of the AFBC officials, including President Eyassu Wossen Berhanu, Azania Omo Agege tried to blackmail President Eyassu by asking him for a hundred thousand dollars to facilitate the meeting with the Minister of Sports of Nigeria. Such behavior collides with the high standards of conduct, reputation, and integrity required for an AFBC Director, as stated in article 25.4 (a) of the AFBC Constitution.”
The African Boxing Confederation urged the Nigeria Boxing Federation to remain united, focused, and professional for the development of boxing.