Abuja - The Nigerian football Federation (NFF) is said to have fired president Sani Lulu and other officials, it emerged on Sunday in the latest twist of the saga.
The German Press Agency dpa learnt that Lulu, deputy Amanze Uchegbulam and Taiwo Ogunjobi were fired in a meeting of the other nine NFF board members.
The three were accused of anti-government activities, among other things, and Aminu Maigari was voted in as acting president.
The board said it plans to ask the government to rethink its decision to withdraw all the country's teams from international competitions for the next two years.
However, other officials named the firings illegal as only the NFF congress can take such action.
The officials ccused the government of being behind this latest action after inducing the members with large cash awards believed to be around 30,000 dollars for each official.
On Tuesday, a disagreement among the board members scuttled the plan to unseat Lulu and the following day, the government went ahead to withdraw all the country's teams from international football for the next two years.
The ruling body FIFA has given Nigeria a Monday deadline to rescind the decision or face suspension and loss of income from FIFA.