Keyamo prays IGP to arrest, prosecute Chris Giwa for allegedly inciting disturbances

Ambassador Chris Giwa

Ambassador Chris Giwa

Lagos lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase, urging him to arrest and prosecute Mr. Chris Giwa for inciting disturbances in the Nigerian football house.

The lawyer said he is writing the petition as the solicitor to the FIFA-recognised Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), led by Amaju Pinnick.

In the letter, dated April 14, 2016, Keyamo wrote: “In the last few days, one Chris Giwa has threatened to take over the occupation of the Headquarters of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), citing a non-existent court order in that respect. The said Chris Giwa has indeed taken steps to carry out that threat by bringing thugs and physically attempting to force his way into the Headquarters of the NFF on Friday, April 8, 2016.

“Kindly note that, there is no court order anywhere, mandating the said Chris Giwa to take over any office or duties of the NFF. In a brazen and blatant disregard for the rule of law and pending court orders, the said Chris Giwa has gone on air to announce the purported dissolution of various Committees and the State Executive Committees set up by the NFF.”

According to him, the combined effect of the foregoing actions of Giwa is the creation of crises and instability in Nigerian football management, which has led to the intervention by FIFA.

“In its intervention, FIFA declared Chris Giwa assertion as a false alarm and directed Chris Giwa to desist from such actions. Despite FIFA’s intervention, the said Chris Giwa has continued in his actions,” he alleged.

He stated that owing to the sensitive nature of the football administration in Nigeria, physical and violent altercations are bound to occur if Chris Giwa was permitted to continue overheating the polity. “We are, therefore, by this petition urging you to arrest and prosecute Chris Giwa for inciting disturbances”, he declared, urging him to act swiftly and decisively in the national interest.

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