Adamu, NFF officials freed of contempt charge

Dr Amos Adamu

Dr Amos Adamu

Nigeria’s FIFA Executive Committee member, Dr Amos Adamu and 16 Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) members were on Monday freed of contempt charges by the Federal High Court, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Registered Trustees of the National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF) had asked the court to charge Adamu and 16 others for flouting the court’s order not to go ahead to hold the Aug. 26 election to the NFF Board.

NANF had obtained an order restraining the Electoral Committee from organising the election but the poll still went ahead.

The association then asked the court to charge them with contempt.

In his ruling on Monday, Justice Okon Abang, said the charge was not properly filed before the court.

Abang said the contempt charge was not served on Adamu and Bukola Olapade, the key persons with a case to answer in the matter.

He ruled that the others had no case and freed them.

Abang told Adamu and Olapade to thank their God that the hammer did not fall on them as they would have seen the other side of the court.

Abang adjourned hearing on the substantive suit to Oct. 25.