BY: SAYO AKINTOLA
The Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo and Aminu Maigari, immediate past Chairman of Nigeria Football Association (NFA) have been charged with contempt of court at the Federal High Court, Jos.
Also charged with the offence are the Secretary General of the association, Musa Amadu, and Plateau Football Association for itself and all the football associations in the country, including the Federal Capital Territory.
The contempt charge, which was signed by the Registrar of court, Mr A. Bawa, The Street Journal reliably gathered, was brought against the three persons following Tuesday’s conduct of NFF board’s election in Warri, Delta, in defiance of an order of the court stopping the exercise.
A reliable source at the Glass House confided in SJ that the notice of the charge was pasted on the main door of NFF in Abuja on Friday evening.
Vice Chairman of the Chris Giwa-led NFF board, Obinna Ogba and another member, Yahaya Adama, obtained the injunction from the high court restraining the Maigari-led board from holding the Sept. 20, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2014 extraordinary congresses.
Both congresses held contrary to the court order and the Chairman of Delta Sports Commission, Amaju Pinnick, was elected the new NFF Chairman.
The court notice directed the defendants to ensure that they appeared in court on Oct. 8, 2014 “and prove why they should not be committed to prison.”
Part of the notice reads, “Take notice that the plaintiff will on Oct. 8, 2014 at the hour of 9. O’clock apply to this Court for an Order for your committal to prison.
“This is for disobeying the Order of this Court made on Sept. 19, 2014, enjoining and restraining you jointly and severally from convening or holding a general assembly or extraordinary general assembly.
“Also, for holding election into the board of the NFA pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed in this case.”
The Giwa-led board is challenging the non-recognition of their election on Aug. 26, by majority of the football associations’ chairmen in the country.