Staff members of the Nigeria Football Federation on Friday stood against an attempt by Chris Giwa and members of his group to take over the offices of the football ruling body.
Giwa and his group who continued to claim they had a ‘court order’ to take over the NFF, had arrived in a convoy of cars at the period that some of the members of Staff had gone for the Friday Jumat service. They drove into the premises around 2pm.
Giwa led Effiong Johnson, Sani Fema, Rumson Baribote, Ben Agary, Yahaya Adama, Jide Fashikun, Fatai Olayinka, Abdulazeez Mohammed and a number of suspected thugs to the Glass House when only a couple of Management Staff were around.
They came 24 hours after a peace meeting by the Sports Committee of the House of Representatives, at which the House Committee members met with NFF President Amaju Pinnick and Giwa, and announced to the world that they were close to reaching a resolution of the ‘crisis’.
They met locked entrance and broke it down.
Dr. Christian Emeruwa, the National Security Officer and special assistant to the NFF General Secretary, was pushed by one of the suspected thugs. Staff members in the administration department were shoved around. Tunde Aderibigbe, NFF’s coordinator of political matters and Ademola Olajire, head of communications, were punched by one of the invaders before a joint effort by the staff helped repel them.
With the assistance of policemen, Giwa and group were dislodged from the Glass House.
Earlier in the day, the group had sent ‘writ of execution.’ NFF chieftains insisted on Friday that the details of the accountant who brought it to the Glass House would on Monday be handed over to the police for investigation.