The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has warned against persecution and public present trial of its officials by the Special Presidential Investigatory Panel (SPIP) on the restoration of public property, headed by Okoi Obona-Obla.
An announcement by the NFF, via its lawyer, Mamman Nasir, over the weekend bemoaned the “orchestrated media campaign” against its officials and using an “on-line media mob” to advertise the pre-determined media reportage of the actions of Obon-Obla and SPIP.
The assertion learn: “It have to be identified that whereas these publications of the information of the warrant of arrest began on Wednesday, ninth January, 2019, the date on the face of the eventual revealed warrant unlawfully obtained from a Justice of the Peace’s courtroom in Abuja is Thursday, 10th January, 2019.
“The obvious conclusion right here is that some individuals have an unrestrained and direct entry to Chief Obono-Obla, and have thus secured a entrance row seat that enables them a pre-knowledge of all steps to be taken by Chief Obono-Obla and or SPIP, which they gleefully publish forward of those steps.”
The counsel to the NFF questioned why a warrant of arrest can be obtained from a Justice of the Peace courtroom as an alternative of a High Court as prescribed by the legislation establishing the SPIP.
“More grievous to the rights of our consumer and its officials is the truth that Chief Obono-Obla and SPIP went to safe a warrant of arrest from a Justice of the Peace courtroom, opposite to the clear provisions of the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provisions) Act, the legislation establishing the SPIP, that ONLY the Federal High Court is vested with the jurisdiction to challenge warrants for the SPIP.
“It can solely be concluded that this deviation was purposely to realize the intention of avoiding the safety afforded everybody, including the affected NFF officials, under the identical legislation that arrange SPIP, which requires the SPIP to current a prima facie case to a choose of the Federal High Court to justify its case before a warrant of arrest could also be issued under the hand of the choose”
Nasir, nevertheless, said that he has filed a suit against the presidential panel within the FCT High Court, Abuja.
“Our consumer and the affected NFF officials have additionally taken the extra step to file a suit, FC/ABJ/CS/17/2019 on the Federal High Court, Abuja Division (the one courtroom statutory conferred with jurisdiction over SPIP issues under the enabling act). The suit is to permit this complete sordid matter to be ventilated within the Court of the land and to check the oppression of our consumer and its officials.”
On Friday, 4 operatives of the Special Presidential Investigative Panel on the Recovery of Public Properties had stormed the Nigeria Football Federation headquarters, popularly referred to as the Glass House, to impact the arrest warrant on NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and 4 different prime NFF officials.
The Special Presidential Investigative Panel had obtained a warrant of arrest from a Magistrate Court final Tuesday for the NFF President; First Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi; Second Vice President, Shehu Dikko; NFF Secretary General, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi and Ahmed Yusuf.