Chris Giwa: banned from football for five years
The Amaju Pinnick-led board of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has come out to show its supremacy in Nigerian football with a decision to ban all the principal officers of Chris Giwa’s faction for five years from all related football activities.
This decision was reached by the Disciplinary Committee of the NFF Thursday after it has conducted an investigation on the activities of Giwa and his people, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong.
The Committee found these people, who are members of the Nigerian football family, guilty of all the charges brought against them.
The Committee said that Christopher Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong were found guilty of illegally representing the NFF in breach of Art. 40 of the NFF Statutes, when they without due authorization and mandate purported to contract a Law Firm, Messrs Leslie Cohen & Associates of Illovo Law Chambers, 4 Fricker Road, Ground Floor, South Africa in the name of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and refused to pay for services.
The law firm commenced proceedings against the NFF for the sum of $100000 being legal fees for professional services rendered in the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg.
“Giwa and his group are found guilty of breaching Art. 69(1) of the NFF Statutes by taking football matters to the ordinary court and failing to submit to the jurisdiction of FIFA and the NFF. There is insufficient particulars and evidence submitted to establish the charge of threats, unguarded, uncouth and uncivilized statements in the media against the NFF, brought against Giwa, Suleyman, Adama, Fema and Effiong.
“Giwa is guilty of breach of the general rules of conduct as contained in Art. 13 of the FIFA Code of Ethics when he invaded the premises of the Nigeria Football Federation and falsely presented himself as President of the NFF on 6 May, 2016.
“Members of Giwa’s faction are found guilty of failing to comply fully with the Statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of FIFA and NFF in contravention of Art. 13 1(a) of NFF Statutes 2010 in relation to the NFF Election held in Warri Delta State on 30th September, 2014.
“They are in breach of fiduciary and loyalty as contained in Art. 15 of FIFA Code of Ethics 2012 by carrying out various deliberate acts and conducts capable of attracting a ban from FIFA on the NFF capable of putting the administration and development of football in Nigeria into jeopardy.
“Based on the findings above and in Line with the provision of Art. 65 (3) of the NFF Statutes 2010, the NFF Disciplinary Committee hereby pronounces the following sanctions on the following persons: Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong are hereby banned from taking part in any football related activity for a period of five years each,” a statement from the Media Department of the NFF on Thursday evening said.