Justice Ambrose Allagoa of the Federal High Court sitting in Jos, the Plateau State capital yesterday adjourned the case that restrained the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) for conducting another elections into the body against immediate past NFF president Aminu Maigari and three others to the 23rd of October, 2014.
Yahaya Adama and three others on the 19th September, approached the court to restrain Aminu Magari (First defendant, NFF (second defendant) and Football Associations (third defendant) after the Chris Giwa led faction were purportedly elected. The presiding judge said that the adjournment was meant for the plaintiffs counsel to personally serve the defendants with the contempt of court orders.
According to him, the court could not grant the prayer of the plaintiffs’ counsel to commit the defendants to prison for failure to appear in court in their absence. LEADERSHIP Sport recalled that Adama and three others approached the court on 19th September, 2014 and obtained an interim injunction to refrain the NFF from conducting another election. The injunction according to the plaintiffs’ counsel Mr Habila Ardzard, was because the NFF had held a general congress on the 29th of August 2014 and elected Chris Giwa and other officials into the body. But the Aminu Magari faction of the body disobeyed the order, went ahead and held a general congress on the 20 of September and an election which produced Amaju Pinnick as NFF President.
According to Ardzard, the court then issued an order of contempt of court on the defendants for going ahead with elections after the restraining order.The plaintiff counsel prayed the court to commit the defendant to prison for disobeying the court.“My Lord, their failure to appear before court is a sign of belligerence, they elevated themselves above the order of this honorable court.” He further stressed “I urge my Lord run an order of the court to commit the defendants to prison or in the alternative, issue a warrant of arrest but we are more inclined to their committal to prison,’’ he argued. He claimed the orders were submitted by substituted means by pasting at the gate of the NFF headquarters in Abuja in the case of the first and second defendants.
In the case of third defendant, Ardzard said that he personally submitted to the Secretary Plateau Football Association (PFA), Yakubu Dalyop for the PFA and the other 36 Football Associations.