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NFF crisis:Keyamo asks IG to arrest, prosecute Giwa

NFF crisis:Keyamo asks IG to arrest, prosecute Giwa

Human right lawyer, Festus Keyamo on Thursday asked the Inspector General of Police(IGP), Solomon Arase to arrest and prosecute Chris Giwa for his alleged threat to take over the Headquarters of the Nigeria Football federation (NFF).

Keyamo in a petition letter dated April 14 and addressed to the IGP, said "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."

According to him, he wrote the petitioned on behalf of   Amaju Pinnick led board of NFF.

"Kindly note that, THERE IS 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," Keyamo said in the petition.

According to the lawyer, 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.

"In its intervention, FIFA 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," Keyamo also said in the petition.

"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," part of the petition also read.

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