The crises in the leadership of Nigerian football has taken another twist as former NFF executive committee member, Chris Green has alleged a threat to his life, by claiming that some people are after his life, according to a report by sl10.ng on Sunday.
Green, as well as former NFF President, Aminu Maigari and General Secretary, Musa Amadu were all arrested by operatives of the department of state security (DSS) last Tuesday just before the NFF congress was to hold.
And revealing his ordeal to the House of Representatives committee on sports, Green claimed that he and Maigari barely escaped being assassinated.
“What we went through is not something anybody can be happy about, as we were detained for hours without any charges brought against us.
“When we were released at past 2am the following day, we handed over to a group of unknown and heavily armed men but we refused to get on board.
“Now I’m scared for my life because I know some people are out to kill me because we could have been assassinated that day,” he said.
Meanwhile, in a statement released on Saturday, sports minister Tammy Danagogo explained why Green and his colleagues were arrested.
“The arrest of Maigari and some other officials of the NFF by the DSS is part of its routine to investigate the fire incident and interrogate some suspects based on the report of officials of the NFF and therefore had nothing to do with the NSC as is being erroneously insinuated.
“It is however, on record that the former Acting President of the NFF, Chief Mike Umeh had, immediately after the fire outbreak which razed part of the NFF secretariat in Abuja, said he suspected sabotage by ‘some people who are desperate to perpetuate themselves in power’ and called on the police to investigate the incident,” the statement read in part.
Green also accused the Sports Minister of being the brain behind the NFF crises.
“The problem of Nigerian football right now is my brother, the sports minister and it is quite unfortunate that he’s not here today,” he told the House of Representatives Committee on sports.
But Danagogo has severally denied being a part of the problem, and insisted that ‘We must ensure that peace is brought back to Nigerian football’.
The NFF elections, one recognized by FIFA to usher in a new board,is expeccted hold on Thursday, 4 September 2014, three days after FIFA would have decided Nigeria’s fate in international football after warning that the Chris Giwa board is illegal and must vacate its seat on September 1 or face sanctions.