By Fidelis Ebu
The Nigeria Football Federation yesterday in Abuja placed a life ban on the prime movers of the parallel body which goes by the name Nigeria Football Association.
In an emergency meeting of the executive committee chaired by board chairman, Aminu Maigari, the exco resolved to wield the big stick on members of the group.
In an eight point communique issued at the end of the meeting, the committee decided to approach the National Assembly to quickly assist in fast-tracking the process for the change of name from Nigeria Football Association to Nigeria Football Federation, and unanimously agreed to place a life ban on Jarrett Tenebe, Shuaib Gara-Gombe, Harrison Jalla, Chikelue Iloenyosi and Olajide Fashikun from all football-related activities within the Nigeria nation, for what the meeting described as “their ignonimous roles in trying to truncate the programmes of the NFF and the overall footballing interests of the country.”
The Committee equally commended Messrs Felix Owolabi, Emmanuel Okala, Sani Usman and Tajudeen Disu for dissociating themselves from the “illegal move by these elements.”
On the forthcoming FIFA elections, the NFF executive committee declared its support for incumbent President of FIFA, Sepp Blatter in his bid for re-election “for his tremendous works in developing the game in Africa and globally.”
The NFF board also chronicled Blatter’s achievements as “the Goal Projects from which all National Associations worldwide continue to benefit and for his pledge to increase grants to National Associations, and to make the administration of the game more open and fight corruption.”
Jallah in NFF with security agents
Harrison Jallah, a principal actor in the plan to form the parallel NFA led some men suspected to be officials of security agency to the Nigeria Football Federation yesterday.
Also in the team was a man in legal regalia, whose identity could not immediately be established.
Moments later, Jallah came out leaving the lawyer behind the NFF secretariat.
“I came here (NFF) to effect the contempt of the NFF violation of court order; and with a letter from the police inviting members of the NFF. A law court had nullified the September 6, 2010 election that ushered in the current members of the NFF. So, they are illegally occupying the Glasshhouse.
“It was a very big disappointment the way the NFF members treated me and the security officials that came with me from the office of the Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of police who is acting on the order of the inspector general of police”,Jallah said.
He was said to have delivered the letter inviting NFF officials to the Commissioner of Police. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up at the Secretariat.