Abuja Despite world soccer governing body, FIFA’s threat to suspend Nigeria over the lingering leadership crisis in the country’s football sector, stakeholders have demanded that the operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) vacate the premises of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with immediate effect or be ready to face the wrath of Nigerian youths.
The stakeholders staged a peaceful protest yesterday, at the NFF headquarters in Abuja over the continued siege of the football house in violation of Supreme Court judgment by the DSS. The Supreme Court had ruled that the Chris Giwa-led board should take charge of football administration in the country. The group led by the president, National Association of Nigeria Footballers (NANF), Harrison Jalla and former chairman of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL), Chief Rum
son Victor Baribote want an end to the siege of the Glass House by the DSS and accused the security outfit of acting in contrary to Supreme Court ruling. The group threatened to continue their protest if the security body fails to wihdraw their men from NFF premises within 24 hours. “We want the directorate of DSS to enforce the Supreme Court rulings and vacate these premises. We are deploying this measure as the first step. By the time we come back here, we will confront them,” Jalla stated during their protest, yesterday.
Also speaking during the protest, former NPL chairman, Chief Rumson Victor Baribote said that the DSS’ occupation of the NFF headquarters was unconstitutional as nobody has the right to set aside Supreme Court orders. “There is no constitutional provision that when the Supreme Court has ruled, anyone has a right to set it aside. I have never seen a situation where a court of competent jurisdiction gave an order and the DSS that supposed to uphold and enforce such ruling are doing contrary. “We appeal to the security agencies to respect the laws.”