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A Federal High Court sitting in Jos yesterday sacked Amaju Pinnick and the executive board of the Nigeria Football Federation and ordered Chris Giwa to take over the leadership of the NFF with immediate effect.
The court also directed the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, to recognize Chris Giwa’s election victory at the August 26, 2014 polls.
Giwa, who claimed he was the rightfully elected president of NFF, announced plans to resume office on January 12, 2016, but was stopped by the sports minister whose intervention prevented a breakdown of law and order.
However, efforts by the minister to restore peace between the warring factions in the recurring leadership crisis of the NFF failed to yield positive results.
Presiding judge, Justice Musa Haruna Kurya, who upheld the previous judgment of Justice Ambrose Allagoa, relisted the earlier withdrawn case between Giwa and the NFF as well as upheld the nullification of the Pinnick-led board which had been the prayers of petitioners, Yahaya Adama and Obinna Ogba.
According to him, Giwa will be temporarily in charge of the nation’s football ruling body pending final determination of the case.
Meanwhile, Giwa and his board members immediately stormed the Glass House to take over following the court ruling even before the 21-day grace period given the Pinnick board to appeal.
The crisis in Nigerian football has led to the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for two consecutive Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.


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