Pinnick regains control of NFF – report

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) executive committee led by Amaju Pinnick has regained control of governing the sport in the country after another faction took charge of football administration for three weeks.

According to reports in Nigeria on Monday, the country’s state security, the DSS, took over the NFF secretariat in Abuja paving way for the ousted committee of Pinnick to take control once again.

The NFF general secretary Dr Muhammed Sanusi confirmed his return to the NFF office in Abuja.

“I am back to my office to assume my legal responsibilities with a clearance from the government,” Sanusi told the country’s news agency NAN on Monday.

Chris Giwa and his group who have been locked in a bitter legal tussle with Pinnick over the NFF have been in charge of football administration in Nigeria since July 2 this year following a court order that recognized Giwa’s election on August 26, 2014 as NFF president.

“I have been directed to notify you of the orders dated June 5th, 2018, made by Honourable Justice M. H. Kurya, sitting at the Federal High Court, Jos, in respect of the above-mentioned suit between Yahaya Adama vs Aminu Maigari, which states that the election of the NFF held on August 26, 2014, under the leadership of Chris Giwa, be given recognition pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed in this case and that the purported ban of the Executive Committee elected on August 26, 2014 from football activities of the NFF is unconstitutional, null and void,” the Nigeria sports minister Solomon Dalung said in a recent statement.

The ex parte order from the High Court in Jos on June 5 granted to Giwa and his group, according to interpreters of Nigerian law do not last ad infinitum.

Pinnick became NFF president after winning a poll in Warri on September 30, 2014 and his tenure is due to run out September this year paving way for another election.

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