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Stay away from NFF or face prosecution, Reps tell Giwa

By Editor
13 June 2016   |   12:44 am
Nigeria's House of Representatives has ordered Chris Giwa and his group to stop disturbing the peace and allow the duly constituted board of the federation, led by Amaju Pinnick, to do their work or face prosecution.
Ambassador Chris Giwa

Ambassador Chris Giwa

Nigeria’s House of Representatives has ordered Chris Giwa and his group to stop disturbing the peace and allow the duly constituted board of the federation, led by Amaju Pinnick, to do their work or face prosecution.

Chris Giwa has been laying claim to the leadership of the NFF, saying he was duly elected to head the body.

But at an executive session inside the Green Chamber on Wednesday, the legislators considered the report of its Sports Committee and approved the following recommendations:

• That the Minister of Youth and Sports Development and the Federal Government of Nigeria shall continue to recognise, work and support the NFF under Mr. Amaju Pinnick’s Presidency;

• That the Inspector-General of Police and other security agencies shall give full security protection to the NFF under the presidency of Mr. Amaju Pinnick;

• That both the Federal Government and the security operatives shall call Mr. Chris Giwa and his group to order to ensure that Nigerian football does not continue to suffer and or incur the wrath of FIFA; and

• That the Inspector-General of Police and all other security agencies shall ensure that whosoever creates problem in NFF or Nigeria’s football be apprehended and prosecuted accordingly.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung had, at several fora (including a session with the House Committee on Sports), stated clearly that there was no court order sacking the Amaju Pinnick Board or asking Giwa to take over the NFF.

As at press time, Giwa or any member of his group, had not reacted to the order by the House of Representatives, but as source close to the Jos-based football club proprietor said he was studying the pronouncement and would react in due course.