Sacked Nigeria Football Federation President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, has been released after he was quizzed by operatives of the Department of State Service in Abuja.
Maigari was whisked away by the security men that were waiting for his arrival at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on Friday morning.
Efforts by The Eagle Online to reach the embattled football administrator were futile as his mobile phones were switched off as at press time.
A Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State restrained the Maigari-led NFF board from running the affairs of Nigerian football pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice for Interlocutory Injunction filed by a Plaintiff, Ebiakpo Rumson Baribote, the owner of Nembe FC.
Mrs. Baribote had through her Counsel, S. D. Ekara, holding brief for T. D. Quidon, filed a Suit, No PLD/J 342/2014, praying the Court to grant an Order of Interim Injunction restraining the 2nd Defendant (Alhaji Aminu Miagari) and all the Committee and Congress of the 1st Defendant (the Nigeria Football Federation) from further controlling, commanding or managing the affairs of the 1st Defendant and all Football matters in Nigeria pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice for Interlocutory Injunction filed in the case.
Consequently, the presiding Judge, Justice P. L. Lot, declared: “That Interim Injunction is granted restraining the 2nd Defendant, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, and all other purported members of the Executive Committee and Congress of the 1st Defendant (NFF) from further Controlling, Commanding or Managing the Affairs of the 1st defendant and all Football matters in Nigeria pending the hearing, and determination of the Motion on Notice.
“An Order of mandatory injunction is granted compelling the 4th Defendant (Minister of Sports) to appoint a senior members of the civil service in the 1st Defendant (NFF) to command , control and manage the Affairs of the said 1st Defendant and the Football matters in Nigeria pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice i this matter.”
Justice Lot therefore fixed July 11, 2014 for hearing on the Motion on Notice.
Sequel to court declaration, the Minister of Sports, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, has appointed Lawrence Katiken, the most senior staff at the NFF, to take over as acting Secretary General and run football matters.