In what appears to be a betrayal of trust, Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung has asked the board of the Nigeria Football Federation led by Amaju Pinnick to obey a court order and stand down.

Dalung, who was in Russia during Super Eagles’ campaign, asked Pinnick and his team to “comply with the judgment of the Supreme Court delivered on April 27, 2018, which restored the orders of the Federal High Court, setting aside the purported election into the Executive Committee of the NFF held on September 30, 2014”.

Dalung said in a statement that the directive followed a written notification signed for the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice requesting the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports to ensure compliance.

The minister may be known for reacting whenever he feels uncomfortable, or when he wants to forcefully get something.

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Dalung said: “I have been directed to notify you of the Orders dated June 5th 2018 made by Honorable Justice M. H. Kurya sitting at the Federal High Court Jos in respect of the above mentioned suit between Yahaya Adama Vs Alhaji Aminu Maigari which states that the election of the NFF held on August 26, 2014 under the leadership of Amb Chris Giwa be given recognition pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed in this case and that the purported ban of the Executive Committee elected on August 26, 2014 from football activities of the NFF is unconstitutional, null and void.

“It is trite law that court orders are sacrosanct and any acts of disobedience to it constitutes threat to the rule of law. Consequent upon the above, you are hereby advised to comply with the orders of court made therein which for now, is the valid and binding order of court, in the absence of any other subsisting order or judgment to the contrary.

“This is a court order and not from Dalung. I will not want to go to Kuje prison because of disobedience of court orders. Therefore, I hereby comply with the court orders of June 5th 2018, while Mr Amaju Pinnick and others are also directed to comply with same.”

One would wonder why Dalung, since the court order of June 5, 2018, is just asking for compliance on July 2, 2018, after the Russia 2018 jamboree.

It will not be surprising if this Dalung’s letter does not hold water, as he may keep quiet if ‘taken care of’ by the NFF.

Fresh election into the NFF executive is billed to hold in September following the completion of the four year-term by Pinnick.

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