The legal battle rocking the Nigeria Football Federation will come to the fore again as the Federal High Court in Jos on Tuesday (tomorrow) continues hearing on the suit filed by Chris Giwa’s group against the Amaju Pinnick-led board.
Although the NFF Congress had last Thursday elected Pinnick for a fresh mandate of four years, sources said his lawyers would be in court on Tuesday for the continuation of the hearing challenging his previous tenure.
Justice Musa Kurya, while ruling in the case between Yahaya Adama/Obinna Ogba and Aminu Maigari/Musa Ahmadu and two others, had on June 5 asked Pinnick’s NFF leadership to leave office.
His order had followed a Supreme Court judgment asking the lower court to again look at the matter between Yahaya group and Maigari’s group for determination. But Pinnick, through his counsel, Festus Keyamo, had on July 5 asked the court to vacate the order but could not succeed as the court adjourned the case till September after it went on a recess with a caveat that the defendants could ask for a fiat to recall the judge from vacation.
The fiat indeed came and the case was then fixed for hearing on August 2 but after all arguments, Justice Kurya had to again adjourn the case to Sept. 25. He said this was to enable Pinnick’s counsel properly file his motions before the court and effect service to all the parties involved in the matter.
However, the case seemed to have taken a different twist with Pinnick’s re-election and pundits are keen to see the position of the judge on the suit on Tuesday.
- “It is now a case of contempt because the position of the court on the matter is very clear. The Nigerian justice system is not about cowardice and I am sure the court will enforce its rule,” a source in the Giwa’s group told our correspondent.