Amaju Pinnick (L), Chris Giwa (R)
Amaju Pinnick (L), Chris Giwa (R)

By Concise News Correspondents

Chris Giwa has protested against the five-year worldwide ban handed him by Fifa on Tuesday over the leadership battle in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

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Fifa’s ban is an addition to the national version earlier imposed by the NFF on Giwa on 12 May, 2016.

The NFF board under Amaju Pinnick banned the Jos-based football administrator and four others for five years for impersonation and taking football matters to a civil court.

Who are the four others?

The four other officials are Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong.

The ban by the world football ruling body was made known in a statement.

It read: “Fifa can today [Tuesday] confirm the worldwide extension of sanctions imposed by the Nigerian Football Federation’s Disciplinary Committee on 12 May 2016 against the officials Christopher Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong for breaches of the NFF Statutes and the Fifa Code of Ethics.

“In accordance with art. 136ff of the Fifa Disciplinary Code, the Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to extend the five-year ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity imposed on the five officials to have worldwide effect. The relevant member association as well as CAF has been duly notified of the chairman’s decision.”

But Giwa strongly disagrees with Fifa even as he alleged that the NFF’s leadership orchestrated the worldwide ban.

He made it known in statement.

“The purported ban resulted from the legal actions the Chris Giwa-led NFF board instituted in the court of law to sustain its mandate given to it on August 26, 2014.

”We find the said correspondence a disingenuous ploy by the Amaju Pinnick-led pretentious board of the NFF to divert attention from the credibility and integrity baggage it is currently in,” the statement read.

“For the avoidance of doubt Article 1(1) of the NFF Statutes guarantees that the NFF is set up under Nigeria’s law and is bound by same.  The issue of whether or not football matters can be resolved in ordinary court of law has been resolved by the Court of Appeal in Nnaji vs Nigeria Football Association (2011), where it was held that Fifa and CAF statutes, which have not been domesticated into Nigeria’s Municipal Law, have no binding effects on citizens of this country.”