Court adjourns case against NFF chiefs to November 5
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday described the corruption case brought against the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) by the scrapped Special Presidential Investigative Panel (SPIP) as political and adjourned it to November 5, 2019.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu was not happy that the five NFF principal officers were not in court and insisted that they should have shown up even after being briefed by counsel to the federation, Sani Katu.
Katu informed the court that the Federal Government had terminated and dissolved the SPIP that brought the case before the court, saying that in the absence of the prosecutor, the case file was now with the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), while other files were also in transition.
Following Katu’s statement, Justice Ojukwu stated that if the defendants had appeared in court, she would have released them. She then adjourned the case to November 5.
Speaking after the adjournment, Abubakar Musa, senior state counsel in the ministry of justice said with the pronouncement that SPIP is no longer functional and disbanded, every case brought by the SPIP was now under the office of the AGF.
“According to the instructions of the president of Nigeria, the AGF is taking over the matter and all the files are supposed to be in transition.
“The AGF is the chief law officer of the state and he is bound to be sure that Nigeria obeys court orders, but he is not aware of the order and if he is not aware of it, you cannot say he is bound to bring the defendants,” Musa said.