The Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has brought down the hammer on the proprietor of GIWA FC, Mr. Chris Giwa and his co-travelers challenging for the leadership of the Nigeria football governing body.
Giwa, Effiong Johnson, Muazu Suleyman, Sani Fema and Yahaya Adama were banned from all football related activities for multiple infringements on the statutes of both the NFF and FIFA.
The judgment was declared following the Thursday, May 12 meeting of the Disciplinary Committee attended by Prof. Olufemi Adegbesan (Vice-Chairman), Adamu Sani Osmond, Kelvin Omuojine and Christian Emeruwa, all members.
Giwa and his men were found guilty in six count charges including bringing causing a debt of USD100,000 by illegally using the name of the NFF to contract a lawyer in South Africa to pursue claims for the presidency of the NFF and refusing to his legal fees as well continuously constraining the activities of the NFF by dragging the body to the civil court rather than seeking redress through sports adjudicatory institutions in line with NFF and FIFA regulations.
The ruling of the committee is as follows:
“That Christopher Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong are 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 whereby the said Messrs Leslie Cohen & Associates 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.
“That Christopher Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong 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.
“That 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 Christopher Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong
“That Christopher 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 6th May, 2016.
“That Christopher Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong 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.
“That Christopher Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong 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 and drawing from the provisions of Article 65 (3) of the NFF Statutes 2010, the committee imposed the sanction of fives ban on each of them.
Giwa and his team however reserve the right to approach the NFF Appeals Committee and the Court of Arbitration for sports to challenge their ban.