The Extra-Ordinary General Assembly of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) which held on Wednesday in Abuja has asked Chris Giwa and four others, Yahaya Adama, Muazu Suleyman, Sani Fema and Effiong Johnson to defend themselves before the disciplinary committee of the NFF for bringing the game into disrepute
They would have been suspended over these infractions but the assembly agreed that in the spirit of fair hearing, they should defend themselves before the disciplinary committee.
In a communiqué signed by Sir C. Chukwuemeka, the Assembly asked them to defend themselves before the committee on charges of “bringing Nigerian football and Nigeria to ridicule, opprobrium and disrepute, and in clear contravention of the NFF statutes and other extant football laws by.
They were also charged with “Committing infractions such as illegally contracting a law firm in South Africa in the name of the NFF and refusing to pay for the services up to a point where judgment was given against the NFF by the South Africa Court.”
They were also asked to defend themselves on charge of “Seriously violating the Statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of FIFA, CAF, WAFU, and NFF.
“The General Assembly noted the motion for suspension pursuant to Article 37 (1) but in the spirit of Article 37(3) of the NFF Statutes and in the interest of fair hearing,” they were referred to the NFF Disciplinary Board to appear and defend themselves.”
Four others, Rumson Baribote, Shehu Adamu, Ben Agary and JideFashikun are to appear and defend themselves before the Ethics and Fair play committee, “for aiding and abetting the above gross misconduct, thus collectively contravening provisions of NFF, WAFU, CAF and FIFA Statutes.”
The Assembly also suspended the clause adopted at the 71st NFF General Assembly held in Abuja on 16th December 2015, which barred non-members of the congress from contesting for positions on the NFF Executive Committee.
The suspension will be ratified at the next NFF General Assembly, even as the congress affirmed that all eligible and qualified presons under the NFF statutes were eligible to contest elections.