NFF Crisis: Giwa, Group Summoned Before Disciplinary Committee


The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has on Wednesday summoned members of the Chris Giwa-led board of the NFF to face disciplinary action for anti-football activities.

A communique issued at the end of the NFF extraordinary General Assembly meeting held in Abuja on Wednesday said the Giwa-led group would appear before the committee to defend themselves over allegations that includes illegally contracting a law firm in South Africa in the name of the NFF and refusing to pay for the services.

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The statement read:

“The General Assembly noted the motion for suspension pursuant to Article 37 (1) but in the spirit of Article 37 (3) of the NFF Statutes and in the interest of fair hearing, the following persons were referred to the NFF Disciplinary Board: Chris Giwa, Yahaya Adama, Muazu Suleyman, Sani Fema and Effiong Johnson to appear and defend themselves,”

“They will face the committee for committing acts such as illegally contracting a law firm in South Africa in the name of the NFF and refusing to pay for the services. This got to a point where judgment was given against the NFF by a court in South Africa.

“The action violated the statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of FIFA, CAF, WAFU, and NFF.”

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Giwa and his group has however threatened to file contempt charges against the organizers of  the general meeting  which was attended by the Sports Minster, Solomon Dalung.

The sports minister, Solomon Dalung, who arrived the venue of the meeting around 12:30pm, blamed the crisis in Nigerian football on corrupt journalists whom he said collect bribes from the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation.

“Some of you here including the media shamelessly sent text messages and write nonsense. I want to assure you that I’m a Guerilla Man. I have never lived in comfort zone, so I’m a stranger to the comfort zone. I cannot never be threatened.

“I have survived more than five assassination attempts in my life. I’m a human rights activist. You don’t gather and begin to drag some people down for selfish reasons. The football family must go back and put itself to order, it is not for me, I don’t elect President or put Presidents.”

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