The Federal High court sitting in Yenogoa, Bayelsa State has stopped the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) from holding its Annual General Assembly slated for today in Lagos.
According to the court order seen by our correspondent, the suit with no FHC/YNG/CS/133/2021 filed by a board member of Nembe City Football club, Mr Seigha Obiene as the applicant and Mr Amaju Pinnick, the President, Nigerian Football Federation and the Nigerian Football Association as the first set of respondents.
Other respondents are; Mallam Shehu Dikko, Chairman of the League Management Company, the Chairman of the Nigerian National League, Alhaji Alkali Mohammed, Chairman of the Nationwide League, and Aisha Falode; Chairperson, Nigerian Women Premier League, as the second set of respondents.
The honourable Minister of Youths and Sports Development and the Inspector-General of Police are the third and fourth respondents.
The sitting judge, Hon Justice Isa Dashen in his ruling delivered on December 10th, 2021 ordered the respondents from holding the meeting due today in Lagos pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice
According to the court order, the judge said, “Upon the motion ex parte dated the 8th day of December and filed on December 10, praying for an order of interim injunction restraining the first and second respondents…from proceeding with holding of the planned Annual General Assembly of the NFF Executive Committee slated for the 17th day of December 2021 in Lagos State;
2; an order of this Honourable Court restraining the 4th set of respondent (8th respondent) whether by himself, his officers, privies, agents or servants, howsoever described from allowing or giving protection to the 1st and 2nd sets of respondents (1st -6th respondents) in respect of the planned Annual General Assemble of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Executive Committee slated for 17th day of December, 2021 in Lagos or in aid of the holding of any congress under guise whatsoever, pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice,”
“It is hereby ordered as follows; 1; That the application is hereby granted as prayed in terms of the reliefs sought. 2; That an order of interim injunction restraining the 1st and 2nd sets of respondents…that the return date shall be the 10th of January 2022.”