The National Sports Commission says outgoing President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Aminu Maigari, was arrested on Tuesday over the recent fire outbreak at the secretariat.
Maigari was reportedly arrested along with General Secretary of the federation, Musa Amadu, and Chris Green by security operatives in order to stop them from presiding over the congress of the football body in Abuja.
But a statement by Patrick Omorodion, media aide to the sports minister/Chairman NSC, Tammy Danagogo, on Saturday, read, “The NSC wishes to put the record straight on the reason for the arrest of former President of the NFF, Aminu Maigari, by men of the Directorate of State Security Services.
“It is however, on record that the former Acting President of the NFF, Mike Umeh, had immediately after the fire outbreak at 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 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 a fact that arson is a serious offence in Nigeria’s criminal law and anybody who is suspected to be involved, no matter how highly placed, must be investigated to verify his or her culpability or otherwise and appropriate sanction meted to such individual.”
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