Tension as staffers foil Giwa’s forceful takeover bid of NFF secretariat

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

There was palpable tension at the Glass House secretariat of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in Abuja on Friday as staff members resisted an attempt by the embattled claimant to the office of president, Chris Giwa and his group to forcefully take over the offices of the football ruling body.

Acting on a court order, Giwa and his group, had arrived in a convoy of cars when some members of had gone for the Friday Jumat service at about 2pm.

Apart from Giwa, those who stormed the NFF office include Effiong Johnson, Sani Fema, Rumson Baribote, Ben Agary, Yahaya Adama, Jide Fashikun, Fatai Olayinka, Abdulazeez Mohammed.

The move came barely 24 hours after a peace meeting by organised by the Sports Committee of the House of Representatives with NFF President Amaju Pinnick and Giwa, and had announced to the world that they were close to reaching a resolution of the ‘crisis’.

Upon arrival at the secretariat, the rampaging group met the entrance door locked, and fiercely broke it down with accompanying thugs. The group swept into the office, and with the unruly cohorts, started to harass members of staff.

With the assistance of policemen, Giwa and group were dislodged from the Glass House.


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