The Federal Government through its Sports Ministry has asked Amaju Pinnick, the current president of the Nigerian Football Federation to quit the position.
A statement issued by Nneka Ikem Anibeze, the aide on media to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung reads in part:
“This is a court order and not from Dalung. I will not want to go to Kuje prison because of disobedience of court orders. Therefore, I hereby comply with the court orders of June 5th 2018, while Mr Amaju Pinnick and others are also directed to comply with same.”
A written notification issued by the Attorney-General of the Federation requesting the sports ministry to ensure compliance states as follows:
“It is trite law that court orders are sacrosanct and any acts of disobedience to it constitutes threat to the rule of law. Consequent upon the above, you are hereby advised to comply with the orders of court made therein which for now, is the valid and binding order of court, in the absence of any other subsisting order or judgment to the contrary.”
Following these notifications, it also reported that Chris Giwa an opponent of Pinnick in the 2014 NFF general elections where the later claimed he won the top jiob arrived at Glass House Abuja at about 1:00 pm with dozens of armed police in an apparent attempt to enforce the court order.
NFF lawyer Festus Keyamo has published a letter dated June 5 and purportedly from FIFA secretary-general Fatma Samoura which stated it recognised Pinnick and his executive committee.
It also reaffirmed a FIFA ban on Giwa, which the Nigerian court called “unconstitutional, null and void”.