Lawyer and human rights activist, Barrister Festus Keyamo has penned a letter addressed to the Nigerian Police Force and State Security Service (SSS) demanding that they put an end to the embarassment of some top officials of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) including Alhaji Aminu Maigari, Barrister Christopher Green, Barrister Musa Ahmadu And Alhaji Shehu Dikko. The aforementioned officials have been linked to the ongoing crisis in Nigeria’s football federation and have often been invited by the security agencies.
In Keyamo’s letter which was titled “Incessant Invitations And Unlawful Detention Of Alhaji Aminu Maigari, Barrister Christopher Green, Barrister Musa Amadu And Alhaji Shehu Dikko” he urged the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the SSS to put an end to the harassment of the officials, part of the letter reads:
“Our client informed us that upon their arrival from the FIFA World Cup Competition in Brazil on 4th July, 2014, they were arrested by your men and operatives and detained at the SSS headquarters. Our clients further briefed us that subsequently, they have been receiving series of invitations from both the State Security Service and the Nigeria Police and that when they honour those invitations despite their busy schedules, they are detained for hours without any information as to the reason for their invitation.
“Owing to the foregoing and acting on our clients’ instructions, we have instituted an action in the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking declarative and injunctive reliefs for the enforcement of our clients’ fundamental rights. Find attached the court processes.
“We are by this letter giving you notice of the pendency of this suit and respectfully urging you to desist from carrying out any action that will undermine the authority and jurisdictionof the court which is now seized of this matter. Please find attached a copy of the originating processes in this suit”,Keyamo said,adding ,“We hope you realise that any action on your part in form of continuous invitations, harassments, arrests and detentions will undermine the authority of the court in this regard.
“We understand that these various harassments are designed to scuttle the Nigerian Football Federation Congress slated for the 30th of September, 2014 in Warri, Delta State, and your actions are at the behest of those who intend to scuttle the congress as they do not mean well for Nigerian Football. Kindly note that if your actions precipitate a crises that bungles the Congress, our clients shall not be held responsible for any fate that befalls our football from FIFA”, Keyamo wrote.