An attempt by unidentified security operatives to abduct Nigeria’s League Management Company chairman Shehu Dikko was foiled late on Sunday night.
Dikko, who arrived with the Nigeria delegation from Zambia after their 2018 World Cup qualifying win, was accosted at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport by two men with neither IDs nor warrants, who claimed he had been invited to meet the Abuja police commissioner.
Nigeria Football Federation executive committee members, club officials and media resisted the attempt to abduct the LMC chairman, demanding to see a warrant and IDs.
Both men failed to produce either, and when journalists started taking photographs, one of the men drew his firearm and pointed someone before discharging the weapon in the air. The abduction attempt appears to stem from a contempt of court order issued by Justice I Kundah of the Jos High Court which the LMC has successfully appealed against and received a stay of execution order from the higher Court of Appeal.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the NFF was yesterday locked in a crisis meeting following the move by security operatives from the FCT Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to arrest Dikko. The meeting which took place at an unknown venue deliberated on how to end the incessant harassment of the chairman as well as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the LMC, Salihu Abubakar by security operatives.
The duo are said to have been having a rat race with some security agents after the order of a Jos High Court which ordered the LMC to incorporate Giwa FC in the just concluded 2015/16 Nigeria Premier league.