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FIFA set to lift Nigeria suspension as sacked FA executives are reinstated

Published on: 18 July 2014
Amuni Maigari has been returned to his post after government backtracked on his sacking

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Aminu Maigari and his executive committee have been reinstated in office which means FIFA is set to lift the ban on the country.

FIFA slapped an indefinite ban on the country after a court order restraining Maigari and other executive committee members of the federation was vacated on Wednesday.

With the latest move, Nigerians are eagerly waiting for the lifting of FIFA’s suspension on Nigeria.

Nembe City chairman, Mrs Ebiakpo Rumson Baribote, had instituted a suit at the Plateau State High Court in Jos that restrained the NFF and its congress from managing football affairs in Nigeria.

The NFF was subsequently suspended by FIFA for government interference following the appointment of Lawrence Katken to run the football house by the Nigeria sports minister, Dr Tamuno Danagogo.

But on Wednesday, Justice L.P. Lot of the High Court in Jos agreed to vacate the case against Maigari and his NFF board as Nigeria move closer to beating further sanctions from Fifa.

Reinstated NFF general secretary, Musa Amadu, has already communicated with Fifa about the latest development.

Maigari and the NFF executive committee members have now returned to office as instructed by Fifa before it can lift the suspension.

It is now expected that the world football governing body, Fifa, will announce the lifting of the suspension on Nigeria since the court case has been vacated and the NFF executive committee reinstated.

Baribote dragged Nigeria football to a civil court, which is against FIFA statutes, following his recent ban.

The Jos High court ruling led to the country’s sports minister appointing an acting general secretary for the NFF and this in turn led to a FIFA ban on Nigeria.

Ghana has invited its federation to appear before a commission which is similar to a civil court, a decision which drew the attention of FIFA.

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