Nigeria football crisis: Normalcy returns to NFA building

NFF President, Aminu Maigari

Visitors were barred from the NFA secretariat on Friday.

Some journalists and visitors on Monday in Abuja gained access to the Secretariat of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, after being denied entry last Friday, following developments in Nigerian football.

Access to the football secretariat was restricted on Friday following the arrest of embattled NFA Chairman, Aminu Maigari, by the Department of State Service, DSS.

However, journalists who visited the secretariat on Monday gained access to the building without being harassed by the security guards attached to the building.

The men of the DSS, who mounted surveillance on the NFA building on Friday after Mr. Maigari’s arrest, were nowhere to be found on Monday as skeletal activities resumed at the Football House.

Some technicians were also seen replacing dead bulbs in the building and in some of the offices to light up the secretariat. Some members of staff were seen wearing long faces following the dissolution of the NFA board and the appointment of Acting Secretary-General for the NFA by the Minister of Sport.

A High Court in Jos, Plateau, on July 4 mandated the minister to appoint an acting scribe for the football house pending the determination of the case which declared the Maigari-led board illegal.
A staff who spoke on condition of anonymity regretted the dissolution of the Maigari-led NFA board but noted that it would not stop him from performing his duties.

He urged the acting Secretary-General, Lawrence Katken, to lay a good foundation for a new board which would take over after next month’s Executive Committee elections.


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