Security Operatives Boot Giwa Out Of Glasshouse

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Ongoing crisis rocking Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) took another dramatic turn on Monday, as security operatives stormed The Glasshouse to effect a shocking ejection of de facto president of the soccer governing body, Ambassador Chris Giwa and his aides.

Information on offer from Abuja indicate that operatives of Defence Security Service (DSS) stormed the NFF secretariat in the early hours and ordered Giwa with his team out of the offices they had been occupying since a Supreme Court ruling was effected by the sports minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung.

Aside the recall of Melvin Amaju Pinnick as NFF president, the DSS invasion also led to the reinstatement of sacked NFF general-secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi.

Sanusi returned to office in Abuja after the morning operation by the DSS operatives, who were reportedly under instructions to admit only officials recognised by FIFA.

One of the DSS personnel said they were acting on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is said to have been briefed about the issue on Friday by presidential staff.

Sanusi was reinstated by the DSS alongside other members of Pinnick’s board of the NFF, who were ejected by the Supreme Court ruling, as effected by Dalung.

Pinnick was also directed to return to his post as NFF president, while moves were said to be underway to have the case against his board evacuated from the High Court in Jos.

Afterwards, while speaking to journalists on the shock development, Sanusi said there was a presidential order that mandated his resumption to office.

The NFF scribe expressed joy over the presidential directive and, while pledging that he would not be deterred by distractions, he urged staff and colleagues to continue always discharge their duties without fear or favour.

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