SSS arrests Maigari, takes over NFF secretariat


Operatives of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) on Friday morning stormed the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Glass House Zone, 7, Wuse District, Abuja and took over the Secretariat.

MaigariIt was gathered that they arrived the Glass House at exactly 11.30hrs in a convoy of four Hilux vans armed with guns.

This is just has sacked President of the NFF, Aminu Maigari, was arrested by men of the DSS earlier in the day.

He was picked up at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on arrival from Brazil.

Nigeria crashed out of the World Cup going on in Brazil having lost 0-2 to France in the Round of 16 on Monday.

Secretary General of the NFF, Musa Amadu, however denied that the incident was an arrest, saying Maigari was only invited for a chat, cautioning that the situation shouldn’t be blown out of proportion.

“Maigari was indeed at the police headquarters but only at the invitation of the Nigeria Police for a chat. Ahmadu said the meeting was conducted in “an atmosphere of mutual respect.”

“The NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari had very useful discussions at Force Headquarters. He was never at any time detained by the police. It is necessary in order to put the records straight,” said Amadu.

Maigari was released on Friday afternoon.

It will be recalled that Justice L.P. Lot of a High court sitting in Jos, Plateau State, had on Wednesday, restrained Maigari, his Executive Committee and the NFF Congress from carrying on with the running of football in the country.

The Judge also mandated Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo, to appoint an acting Secretary General to run the affairs of Nigerian football pending the determination of the Motion on Notice before the court.

Consequently, Sports Minister, Danagogo on Thursday appointed Mr. Lawrence Katken, an Assistant Director (Administration) to take charge of affairs at the NFF in the interim, technically making him a Sole Administrator.