More twists and turns are playing out in the ongoing crisis engulfing Nigeria football, with the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF board referring the Chris Giwa-led faction to its disciplinary committee.
Rising from its extra-ordinary General Assembly held in Abuja on Wednesday, the Pinnick-led NFF congress summoned Giwa and his group to face a disciplinary committee ‘for ridiculing Nigeria’.
Giwa and his group was alleged to have committing infractions such as illegally contracting a law firm in South Africa in the name of the NFF and refusing to pay for the services up to a point where judgment was given against the NFF by the South Africa Court.
“The General Assembly noted the motion for suspension pursuant to Article 37 (1) but in the spirit of Article 37 (3) of the NFF Statutes and in the interest of fair hearing, the following persons were referred to the NFF Disciplinary Board: Chris Giwa, Yahaya Adama, Muazu Suleyman, Sani Fema and Effiong Johnson to appear and defend themselves,” he communiqué issued after the General Assembly read.
The Pinnick-led congress also listed some other persons whom they accused of ‘aiding and abetting’ the above-mentioned men and also referred them to their Ethics and Fairplay committee.
Paragraph six of the communique read: “For aiding and abetting the above gross misconduct, thus collectively contravening provisions of NFF, WAFU, CAF, and FIFA Statutes, the General Assembly referred the following persons to the NFF Committee on ethics and fairplay: Rumson Baribote, Shehu Adamu, Ben Agary and Jide Fashikun to appear and defend themselves.”
Nigerian football descended into another round of crisis after a Federal High Court in Jos re-listed its judgment from 2014 to sack the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF and declared the Chris Giwa-led NFF the rightful occupants of the Glass House.
On the other hand, Giwa and his group threatened to file contempt charges against the organisers of Wednesday’s congress which was attended by the Sports Minster, Solomon Dalung.
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