Keyamo Asks IGP to Arrest and Prosecute Giwa for Inciting Disturbances

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Duro Ikhazuagbe
In order to forestall the breakdown of law and order at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) secretariat in Abuja, solicitors to the FIFA-recognised Nigerian Football Federation led by Amaju Pinnick has asked the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to arrest and prosecute Chris Giwa.

In a petition sent to the IG on Thursday, a copy of which is in possession of THISDAY, lawyer to the NFF, Festus Keyamo, said yesterday that Giwa who is claiming to be the duly elected president of the football federation

has threatened to take over the Headquarters of the NFF while 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.

“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,” stressed Keyamo.

He insisted in the petition that 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,” the lawyer to the NFF declared.

Keyamo therefore wants the IGP to intervene 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.”

To ensure peace at the Glass House Keyamo wants the IGP to take decisive steps to forestall breakdown of order at the football secretariat.