Giwa arrested, released, insists on taking over NFF

Chris Giwa

Chairman of Giwa FC, Chris Giwa, was arrested by the police after he stormed the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) secretariat on Friday in a bid to resume as the association’s president.

Giwa arrived at the Glass House around 4pm despite the heavy security around the premises.

The embattled club owner’s mission was to take over the federation, after a Jos court ordered the sack of Amaju Pinnick as NFF president on April 8.

Giwa was led away to the Divisional Police Headquarters, Wuse Zone 3 by police officers, after spending about 30 minutes in the building, where he attempted to take administrative control.

When he was quizzed by the media shortly after emerging from the police station, Giwa denied that he was arrested.

“My coming here is to confirm the ruling of the court that we got on April 8, 2016,” said Giwa.

“It has been in the news, getting to one month today, that we got a ruling from the High Court in Jos restoring all the orders granted to us sometimes in 2014 after we relisted the case.

“The ruling gave me the permit and the right to be here today. I didn’t come in here with police; as you are aware, policemen have been here to do their duty of guarding the premises.”

He insisted that he had recovered his mandate and would resume as NFF president on Monday.

“By the grace of God, by Monday I am going to address the press here,” Giwa said.