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NFF condemns ‘illegal invasion’ of LMC office


Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mohammed Sanusi

Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mohammed Sanusi

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday frowned at what it described as the illegal invasion of the offices of the League Management Company (LMC) allegedly by men of the Abuja Police Command.

There were reports that men of the Police Command invaded the LMC offices Abuja to arrest the principal officers of the league body for allegedly flouting court orders.

In a statement by the NFF yesterday, the federation said it was unlawful for men of the Police Force to attempt to arrest a party for a judgment, which outcome was still being contested on appeal.

It said: “It has come to the notice of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, four persons, who introduced themselves as detectives from the FCT Police Command, went to the office of the League Management Company (LMC) ostensibly to arrest its Chairman, Mallam Shehu Dikko (also NFF Second Vice President) and its COO, Alhaji Salihu Abubakar, allegedly pursuant to a Jos High Court order in flagrant abuse of the time honoured decorum of our judicial system where the Orders of the lower courts stand suspended when an appeal has been entered in a higher court and an application for Stay of Execution duly filed.

“The time has come for all peace loving and law abiding Nigerians to stand up against the continued intimidation of private citizens and institutions using both fabricated and/or void court orders as well as people whose status as police officers raises doubt.”

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