Court stops NFF congress, orders Maigari, others to step aside

A Federal High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State, has granted an interim injunction, restraining Aminu Maigari and others from parading themselves as Executive Committee members of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

In granting the prayers of the Plaintiffs- Yahaya Adama and Obinna Ogba, on behalf of the Chris Giwa-led board, the Judge also directed the NFF not to hold an extra-ordinary congress slated for Saturday, September 20, in Warri, Delta State.

The Defendants in the suit are; Aminu Miagari as 1st defendant, Musa Amadu as 2nd defendant, Plateau State Football Association as 3rd defendant and Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo as 4th defendant.

Justice Allagoa having considered the prayers of the Plaintiffs granted the following eight orders:

1.     That leave is granted to the Plaintiffs/Applicants to issue and serve the 1st, 2nd and 4th defendants an originating summons outside the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court and to endorse same as such;

2.     That an order of interim injunction is granted restraining the 1st and 2nd defendants and all other members of the defunct Executive Committee of the NFF jointly and severally by themselves or through their agents or servants from convening or and holding a general assembly or extra ordinary assembly of the NFF and or conducting or holding any election into the Executive Committee of the NFF pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed in this case;

3.     That an order of interim injunction is granted restraining the 1st and 2nd defendants and all other members of the defunct Executive Committee of the NFF jointly or severally from further parading themselves as the President and members of the Executive Committee of the NFF pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed in this case;

4.     That an order of interim injunction is granted restraining the 3rd defendants and the Football Association of the 35 states of the Federation and of the FCT from participating in any general Assembly or extra General Assembly convened by the 1st and 2nd defendants and the defunct members of the Executive Committee of the NFF pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed in this case;

5.     That an order of interim injunction is granted restraining the fourth defendant from further giving recognition to the 1st and 2nd defendant and all other members of the defunct Executive Committee of the NFF as the legitimate President and Executive Committee of the NFF pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed in this case;

6.     That an order of mandatory injunction in the interim is granted compelling the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants jointly and severally to give recognition to the General Assembly meeting of the NFF held on the 26th August 2014 and the election into the executive Committee of the NFF conducted at that meeting pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed in this case;

7.     That an order of interim injunction is granted restraining all the defendants by themselves, their servants or agents from interfering with the plaintiff performance of their duties, execution of their offices as Executive Committee of the NFF pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed in this case by also publishing same through electronic or print media;

8.     That the matter is adjourned to the 8th day of October 2014 for hearing of the motion on notice issued at Jos under the seal of the court and the hand of the presiding judge dated this 19th day of September 2014.