The Amaju Pinnick-led NFF board have referred the Chris Giwa-led NFF board to its disciplinary committee as the leadership crisis engulfing Nigerian football takes another twist.
Rising from its extra-ordinary General Assembly in Abuja on Wednesday, the Pinnick-led NFF congress recommended suspensions for the members of the Giwa-led NFF, but they have been instead referred to their disciplinary committee.
“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, the following persons were referred to the NFF Disciplinary Board: Chris Giwa, Yahaya Adama, Muazu Suleyman, Sani Fema and Effiong Johnson to appear and defend themselves,” paragraph 5.11 of the communiqué issued after the General Assembly reads.
The Pinnick-led congress also listed some other persons whom they accused of ‘aiding and abetting’ the above-mentioned men and also referred them to their Ethics and Fairplay committee.
Paragraph six reads: “For aiding and abetting the above gross misconduct, thus collectively contravening provisions of NFF, WAFU, CAF, and FIFA Statutes, the General Assembly referred the following persons to the NFF Committee on ethics and fairplay: Rumson Baribote, Shehu Adamu, Ben Agary and Jide Fashikun to appear and defend themselves.”
Nigerian football has been engulfed in crisis after a Federal High Court in Jos re-listed its judgment from 2014 to sack the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF and declared the Chris Giwa-led NFF as the rightful occupants of the Glass House.
But Pinnick and his board have taken this step to refer the Giwa board for disciplinary actions.