Court sacks Pinnick and NFF Executive Committee

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The Amaju Pinnick led Nigeria Football Federation board has been shown the exit door by a Plateau state high court on Thursday

The Nigeria Football Federation board headed by Amaju Pinnick has been sacked by a Plateau state high court on Thursday.

In granting the order, Justice Ambrose Allagoa said the NFF election conducted in Warri were direct flouting of the orders of the court granted on September 19, 2014 which directed that the NFF congress not to hold.

“I have set aside all the proceedings and decisions of the Warri Extra Ordinary meeting of the 20th September and the Elective Congress of 30th September which were direct contravention of the orders of this court as granted on the 19th September,’ said Justice Allagoa.

“Nobody should foist on the court a complete case of hopelessness so that the principles of law and justice can be upheld.

“It’s not enough to say that the order of court was wrongly made, no matter how unorthodox, its subsisting orders, unless set aside, remains law and must be respected.

“Defendants in this matter have not filed any counter affidavits in this court to contest the facts. There is neither motion nor Memorandum of Appearance. This is a court of Record. On this note, the court has no option to protect the integrity and sanctity of court. Court orders are not tea party. Nobody is above the law. Impunity must be stopped.

Justice Allagoa has fixed November 25, 2014 for hearing of substantive matters in the case.

Meanwhile, the NFF has said that it would file for a stay of execution of the judgment.

NFF 1st Vice President, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi said: “We have been notified of the ruling of the court, which was made in spite of our filing for a Preliminary Objection concerning the jurisdiction of the court.

“However, our lawyers have gone to work immediately the order was made. We are appealing the ruling and also filing for Stay of Execution of the order.”

 

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