–Court case against NFF struck out
Nigeria have avoided a looming FIFA axe after the group led by Ambassador Chris Giwa opted to discontinue its case at the Federal High Court, Jos when hearing was about to resume on Thursday.
Justice Ambrose Allagoa said the case against the NFF has been struck out after the plaintiffs withdrew it.
“I have struck out the matter and I back this on Order 50 of the Federal High Court rules, which gives me the power to strike out a case that has been discontinued. The suit ceases to have life therefore,” said the judge.
Lead counsel to the plaintiffs Habila Ardzard further said : “As a result of pleas from so many well-meaning Nigerians and in the national interest, my clients have discontinued with the case.”
A lawyer representing the NFF Joshua Onoja further confirmed that the plaintiffs have withdrawn the case.
“The case against the NFF has been withdrawn,” said Onoja.
This has effectively killed off the court case and means the Amaju Pinnick –led NFF Executive Committee can continue to administer Nigeria football without any interference or hindrance, which was the demand made by FIFA in its letter of Tuesday, 28th October, 2014.The country has therefore beaten the deadline of mid –day of Friday, 31st October, 2014 given by the world football –governing body.