By Paschal Chukwuemeka
Chairman of the Nigerian Football Feferation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, demanding the arrest and prosecution of another official of the body laying claim to the Chairmanship of NFF, Chris Giwa.
The petition reads in part: “We are solicitors to the FIFA-recognised Nigerian Football Federation led by Amaju Pinnick (hereinafter referred to as ‘our client’) and on whose instructions we write you this letter.
“In the last few days, one Chris Giwa has threatened to take over the occupation of the Headquarters of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), citing a non-existent court order in that respect.
“The said Chris Giwa has indeed taken steps to carry out that threat by bringing thugs and physically attempting to force his way into the Headquarters of the NFF on Friday, April 8, 2016.
The petition written by human rights and constitutional lawyer, Festus Keyamo stated that “there was no court order anywhere mandating the said Chris Giwa to take over any office or duties of the NFF.
“In a brazen and blatant disregard for the rule of law and pending court orders, the said Chris Giwa has gone on air to announce the purported dissolution of various Committees and the State Executive Committees set up by the NFF” the petitioner said.
According to Keyamo, “The combined effect of the foregoing actions of Chris Giwa is the creation of crises and instability in Nigerian football management which has led to the intervention by FIFA.
The petitioner noted that in its intervention, FIFA had declared Chris Giwa assertion as a false alarm and directed Chris Giwa to desist from such actions.
“Despite FIFA’s intervention, the said Chris Giwa has continued in his actions. Owing to the sensitive nature of football administration in Nigeria, physical and violent altercations are bound to occur if Chris Giwa is permitted to continue overheating the polity.
“We are, therefore, by this petition urging you to arrest and prosecute Chris Giwa for inciting disturbances” Pinnick’s lawyer stated.