Nigeria Football Crisis: SSS halts pro-Maigari congress

Aminu Maigari

A majority of the Federation’s congress had rejected Mr. Maigari’s impeachment.

The impeached President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Aminu Maigari, was whisked away by the men of the Department of State Security, SSS, from the Serob Legacy Hotel, Abuja on Wednesday during an NFF Congress.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday at the same hotel, the Sokoto State FA Chairman, Nasir Mohammed, confirmed Mr. Maigari’s arrest but said the former NFF chairman was only “invited” to the SSS offices.

“Aminu Maigari went to the SSS to clarify some things. He was only invited to talk about pending issues,” Mr. Mohammed said.

When PREMIUM TIMES put a call through to the SSS spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar, she sternly declined comment.

Meanwhile, majority of the members of the Federation’s congress have rejected Mr. Maigari’s impeachment.

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Twenty-six state FA chairmen, who make up more than 50 per cent of the 44-member congress, at a pre-general assembly, resolved in a seven-page document made available to journalists that Mr. Maigari should be returned to office with immediate effect.

“That the undersigned having constituted more than 50 per cent of the members of the general assembly (as required by the NFF statutes for taking valid decisions at the congress) and in view the mathematical impossibility of the remaining members to ratify the alleged dismissal pursuant to the NFF statutes, the President should immediately return to his desk and continue as President of the NFF until after the elective congress of Tuesday, 26thAugust, 2014,” read part of the resolutions.

The FA chiefs said Mr. Maigari’s purported dismissal did not follow laid down procedures.

They also declared that allegations of financial misappropriation, misapplication and maladministration against Mr. Maigari were unproven as the audited accounts of the NFF for the past three years were never queried in the last three annual assemblies.

There were, however, unproven reports that each of the FA Chairmen clamouring for Mr. Maigari’s return received a $5,000 (N809, 000) bribe from Mr. Maigari, with hotel accommodation in Abuja in a bid to help him get back to office.

Mr. Maigari also allegedly flew the FA Chairmen to the World Cup in Brazil, at the NFF’s expense.

The Abuja hotel where the congress held was surrounded by the SSS and they all quickly dispersed and moved to organise their meeting at an undisclosed venue.

Nigeria was recently suspended by FIFA after the country’s sports minister appointed a caretaker administrator for the NFF. The suspension was only lifted after Mr. Maigari and his executive were reinstated, before he was then controversially impeached. The elections to the executive committee of the NFF are expected to be conducted on August 26.

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