Nigeria Football Crisis: I was not arrested – NFF Acting President

Media had reported his arrest on Tuesday.

The Acting President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mike Umeh, has denied reports that he was arrested and quizzed by officials of the Department of State Security, SSS.

There were reports on Tuesday that Mr. Umeh was questioned by the security agents for calling an illegal executive meeting in Abuja.

However, Mr. Umeh told PREMIUM TIMES via telephone on Tuesday afternoon that he was shocked at the report.

“No, it is not true o. Are you not speaking with me now? We are praying for the elections to be over. I just left the NFF. I drove in and out now. There is nothing like that,” he said.

The NFF is set to hold election on August 26 to elect a new president. Its former president, Aminu Maigari, was controversially impeached in July based on allegations of corruption and maladministration.

Mr. Umeh advised journalists to crosscheck their facts before reporting.

“Why can’t the persons who write such stories ask me first? You, journalists, have to be careful the information you pass around,” he said.

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