Archive for July 17th, 2014

(Sports) Court Vacates Injunction Against NFF, FIFA may free Nigeria


Nigeria has escaped outright ban by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), we can report.

The eleventh hour effort to save the country’s football yielded fruit as Justice L.P. Lot of the High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State, late Wednesday vacated the order restraining the Aminu Maigari-led Executive Board from running Nigerian football.

With this development, all the parties involved are expected to revert to the status quo, which means the Aminu Maigari-led Executive Board of the Nigeria Football Federation has been technically reinstated.

Consequently, the General Secretary, Musa Amadu, last night communicated officially to FIFA so as to beat the July 17 deadline.

FIFA had at an emergency meeting last week Tuesday, suspended the NFF from its activities citing government interference that runs contrary to Article 13, par. 1 and article 17, par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes.

Fujiipop recalls that the bubble burst in the Football House when the Owner of Nembe FC, Mrs. Ebiakpo Rumson Baribote (Plaintiff) through her Counsel, S D Ekara, holding brief of T D Quidon Esq, filed a Suit No PLD/J 342/2014, asking the Court to grant an Order of Interim Injunction restraining the 2nd Defendant, (Alhaji Aminu Miagari) and all the Committee and congress of the 1st Defendant (the Nigeria Football Federation) from further controlling, commanding or managing the Affairs of the 1st Defendant and all Football matters in Nigeria pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice for Interlocutory Injunction filed in this case.

In granting the prayer, the presiding Judge, L.P Lot, declared “That Interim Injunction is granted restraining the 2nd Defendant, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, and all other purported members of the Executive Committee and Congress of the 1st Defendant (NFF) from further Controlling, Commanding or Managing the Affairs of the 1st defendant and all Football matters in Nigeria pending the hearing, and determination of the Motion on Notice.

“An Order of mandatory injunction is granted compelling the 4th Defendant (Minister of Sports) to appoint senior member of the civil service in the 1st Defendant (NFF) to command, control and manage the Affairs of the said 1st Defendant and the Football matters in Nigeria pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice in this matter”.

Sequel to the declaration and the mandate of the Court, Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo, appointed Lawrence Katken, an Assistant Director at the NFF as Acting General Secretary pending the determination of the Motion on Notice.

Apart from the court case which FIFA frowns at, the NFF through the Chairman of chairmen of State Football Associations, Effiong, hurriedly convened an extra-ordinary congress which dissolved the Aminu Maigari-led Board and ratified the appointment of the Acting General Secretary.

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(Entertainment Gist) Ex D’banj Manager, Sunday Are at War with City People

… debunks City People Magazine’s Reports

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One of the most respected artiste managers in Nigeria, Sunday Are is very bitter over a recent report by a soft sell magazine, City People.
Are is of the opinion that even if the paper sells based on sensational headlines, sensitive issues should not be badly reported to appeal to readers with mischievous intent to raise profit margin.

Are was recently interviewed by a reporter from City People Magazine who quoted him out of context with a screaming headline on its cover-‘How I Made Lagbaja, D’Banj & Asa Big Brands”. He’s very bitter and worried at the extent to which journalists can go to fabricate headlines.

Speaking on the development, Are said the paper and the interviewer do not have genuine intentions towards the interview. “The reporter has been on my trail for the past few weeks since they gave me an award but I couldn’t give him an appointment due to my busy schedules. With constant plea on phone calls and text messages, I finally gave him an appointment. He said they needed to interview me on the recent award given to me. I was shocked to see a screaming headline on its cover on how I made Lagbaja, D’Banj and Asa. I never spoke on such issues. I might have working relationships with all the people mentioned in the report either now or in the past, no man can make another man. It is only God that is capable of making anyone a big brand. Even the so called subject of the interview which is the award was not reflected in the transcription. I want to categorically state here that I never uttered any such statements as they are all figments of the imagination of the reporter and his editors”.or

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