NFF Crisis: Group Demand DSS withdrawal from secretariat

NFF Crisis: Group Demand DSS withdrawal from secretariat

A retired and active footballers group in Abuja today urged the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, to order an immediate withdrawal of the Department of State Security (DSS) from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Secretariat.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) claims that the group was led by Harrison Jalla, President of the National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF), and Victor Baribote, a former Second Vice-President of NFF.

It argued that the presence of men of security personnel at the Glass House at Wuse Zone 7 in Abuja was detrimental to football development.

At a peaceful protest held at the NFF Secretariat, the group described the development as a contravention of the rule of law.

The protesters carried posters with inscriptions such as, “Nigeria is a creation of law, DSS should obey the laws of the land’’, “FG, sack DSS Director of Operations’’, “Osinbajo, direct DSS to follow rule of law, our laws are being disobeyed.”

Addressing sports reporters afterwards, Jalla noted that the continued presence of the DSS in the NFF Secretariat was an affront on the nations Constitution.

Jalla added that it was time to uphold the tenets of the country’s law, and warning that failure to do so could lead to “anarchy’’.

“There will be anarchy if by tomorrow (Thursday) they (DSS personnel) don’t leave here,’’ said Jalla.

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