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Adamu Drags EFCC To Court

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Disgraced former International Football Federation (FIFA) executive committee member, Amos Adamu, has gone to court challenging the powers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate and prosecute him.

Adamu was last month suspended for three years by FIFA and fined 10,000 Swiss Franc following his involvement in a cash for votes sting.

Following that, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it would investigate and prosecute him.

But Adamu has now gone to court, asking for an order of injunction restraining the EFCC from arresting, detaining, harassing and undertaking any criminal proceedings against him.

His counsel, Niyi Ayoola-Daniels argued that the EFCC did not have the statutory power to investigate him.

“The EFCC does not have the power to investigate an alleged breach of the articles of FIFA code of ethics 2009 because FIFA is not a parastatal of the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

“The former FIFA executive member is being disturbed and unable to move freely in the country.”

Besides the EFCC, Adamu also joined the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Nigeria Police Force in the action.

In the suit filed on his behalf by Niyi Ayoola-Daniels, Adamu is praying the court to hold that EFCC and ICPC were bereft of statutory powers to investigate and/or prosecute him for an alleged violation of the code of ethics of FIFA.

According to Ayoola-Daniels, the laws establishing EFCC and ICPC do not empower them to investigate and punish people for breaching FIFA’s Code of Ethics. He also prayed the court to declare that the police would be acting beyond their powers if they decided to investigate him for alleged breach of FIFA’s code of ethics.

Adamu asked the court to declare that by virtue of the laws establishing the offices of the anti-graft agencies and the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, they all lacked the power to prosecute him for alleged breach of FIFA’s code of ethics.

He consequently asked the court to restrain the EFCC, the ICPC and the police from infringing his right to personal liberty as enshrined in Section 35 of the 1999 Constitution.

When the matter came up on Monday, the trial judge, Justice Sylvanus Oriji, asked Adamu’s lawyer, Ayoola-Daniels, whether his court had the power to restrain the anti-graft agencies from interrogating Adamu.

The judge consequently adjourned the matter to January 17, 2011.

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CAF Mulls Super League Idea

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The Confederation of African Football [CAF] is discussing the idea of introducing an African Super League, a continental competition which would likely replace the current CAF Champions League and hopefully boost revenue for the organising body.
The revelation was made as CAF President Patrice Motsepe issued a statement outlining the changes and reforms the new leadership is making to ensure African football is globally competitive and self-sustaining.
The idea has taken shape even despite the disastrous European Super League [ESL] proposal earlier this year, which caused major controversy before being banned after most founding member clubs bowed to fan pressure and pulled out.
“ExCo [the CAF executive committee] may have to discuss and consider new CAF competitions which may generate additional funding or income for CAF, its member associations and bodies and also contribute to African football becoming globally competitive and self-sustaining,” Motsepe was quoted as saying by Tidesports source.
“In this regard, we are assessing and [are] in preliminary discussions to start an inclusive and broadly supported and beneficial CAF African Super League. We have been following the attempts by some top European clubs to form a Euro Super League and will learn from their experience and pitfalls.”
CAF is looking to boost income after recent forensic auditing revealed that the organisation has been beset by financial irregularities.

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NPFL: Rivers United’s Coach Praises Players

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The Chief Coach of Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt, Ndubuisi Nduka, has praised his players after a 1-0 win over Katsina United FC in the match day 28 of the Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) in Port Harcourt.
He stated that his boys (players) gave all their best  to ensure they secured the maximum three points for the team, and described the encounter as very tough. 
Nduka, said this on Sunday, during a post match interview with sports journalists, after the Pride of Rivers, defeated their opponents  1-0, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
According to him, what made the match more difficult for his players was that they failed to utilise goal opportunities they created in the first half of the game.
The only goal of the game came in the 77th minute by home boy, Malachi Ohawume, who made his goals four for this league season.
“It was a tough game; I think our boys gave it all.
What made it more difficult for us was the chances we lost especially in the first half, “ Nduka said.
He explained that the second round of the league is always difficult because every team is fighting to be at top and some are fighting not to be relegated.
“At this point and time of the league, the second round, we are stretching to the finishing point.
“It is always difficult and if you remember the position of Katsina United, they are not safe so they are looking for where to pick points, so I gave kudos to my boys as they secured three points for us, “ he stated. 
Rivers United is now 4th on the log after 28 matches with 48 points.

By:  Kiadum Edookor

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Hockey Championship: Team Rivers’ Performance Excites Coach

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The Head coach of Team Rivers State, (female) hockey, Comfort Nya, has commended her players after they defeated team Edo, 3-1 in the ongoing, 2021 Mabisel National Hockey Championship (MNHC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. 
She, described the match as one of the toughest games they have played, saying that the calibre of players she saw in the team Edo lineup was intimidating.
Nya said this on Monday in her post match interview with sports journalists, after their first victory in the championship, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports in Port Harcourt. 
According to her, their first game in the championship was difficult because of the heavy downpour, adding that they could not play well but today they are awesome.
“It was a tough one, honestly speaking I would not tell lies, and the players I saw in team Edo lineup are old and good players and my girls are just upcoming.
“I was thinking of draw or let them just play but with this result I am so happy with their performance, “Nya said. 
The coach further explained that their next outing will be against team Kaduna, they are going to do more better.
“Our first game was disturbed by heavy rainfall, they could not play well but today they have performed well.
“In our next game against team Kaduna, we are going to do better,” She stated..

By: Kiadum Edookor

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