Lagos - The Nigeria Football Federation has frowned on the
arrest of chairman of the League Management Company Shehu Dikko by the Nigerian
Four persons who introduced themselves as detectives from
the FCT Police Command went to the office of the League Management Company
(LMC) on Wednesday ostensibly to arrest its Chairman, Mallam Shehu Dikko (also
NFF 2nd Vice President) and its COO, Alhaji Salihu Abubakar, allegedly pursuant
to a Jos High Court order.
The court had ruled that the Nigeria Professional Football
League be suspended indefinitely pending when the case concerning the ban on
Giwa FC from the league, will be concluded.
But the NFF, in a statement on Thursday, said it will take
drastic measures to put a final stop to the endless drama.
“The time has come for all peace loving and law abiding
Nigerians to stand up against the continued intimidation of private citizens
and institutions using both fabricated and/or void court orders as well as
people whose status as police officers raises doubt.
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“The entire football family has raised its voice time and
again against those plotting to derail our football by using unwarranted and
dubious litigation. We at the NFF as custodians of Nigerian Football and
Licensors of the Nigeria Professional Football League reiterate the
condemnation of the actions of these charlatans whose interest is contrary to
the interest of Nigerian Football and indeed Nigeria. We remain steadfast in
our support of the LMC and its officials and we will continue our quest for
justice and ensure that Football is the winner at the end of this ugly incident.
“We ask that all clubs, club officials, league officials,
football business entrepreneurs and indeed the millions of Nigerian Football
Fans whose interests are affected by this brigandage should remain calm and
rest assured that both the NFF and the LMC are taking all necessary steps not
only to expose and end this continued fraud on our football but to once and for
all expose the mafia behind the attempted rape of our collective will.
“As a Federation, we fully understand the dynamics and
intrigues of Football Laws and Civil Laws and how we relate with both.”
that Giwa FC were banished from the Nigeria Premier League for the 2015/16
football season after failing to honour three league games.For
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- News24 Nigeria