The world soccer governing body, FIFA, have handed a worldwide ban to Ambassador Chris Giwa and four other officials who have been involved in a leadership tussle with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for some years now.
Aside Giwa, the other officials banned include Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong. In May 2016, the NFF first banned Giwa, who is the owner of Nigerian league side Giwa FC, and the other officials after they decided to seek redress against the NFF statutes from a civil court over the NFF leadership tussle.
Giwa claimed he was duly elected as the body’s president in August 2014 and asked the court to overturn the elections of September 2014, which saw the emergence of Amaju Pinnick as NFF boss.
This five-year sanction was later extended by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The worldwide extension on the ban was confirmed via a statement from FIFA, which read:
“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.”