Nigeria League crisis: Appeal Court fixes October 11

Giwa FC Photo: African Examiner
Giwa FC Photo: African Examiner

The Court of Appeal Division in Jos has fixed October 11 for the hearing of the League Management Company, LMC, appeal against an order of Jos High Court suspending the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).

The three-man justices led by Justice Adamu Jauro said that the new date was to enable the appellant to put the issues together for the court to hear them at once.

It would be recalled that a Jos High Court presided over by Justice Ishaku Kunda had suspended the league following an application by Giwa Football Club.

The club had urged the court to reinstate it after the club was expelled from the NPFL by the LMC for its failure to honour three fixtures in the league.

The court had on August 23 ordered the reinstatement of Giwa FC into the league.

Mustaphar Abubakar, who acted for himself and on behalf of Giwa FC, prayed the court to compel LMC to restore Giwa FC to the NPFL.

Mr. Abubakar prayed for rescheduling of all matches of the club which previously had been duly cancelled, and direct to return to the club all players who departed the club and registered for other clubs upon its expulsion.

The LMC through its chairman issued a circular on reinstatement of Giwa; but the circular was not implemented by the league management body.

The court in another sitting in the same month ordered the suspension of the NPFL since the league was time bound or until Giwa was reinstated, the order too was not obeyed by the LMC as the league continued.

The court at yet another sitting ordered both Shehu Dikko and Salihu Abubakar to appear and explain while they failed to carry out the orders of the court.

Justice Kunda in his ruling said that parties were duly served the order to appear but they failed and this amounted to contempt of court.

The same court also committed Messrs. Dikko and Abubakar to 14 days in prison for contempt.

Meanwhile the LMC through its counsel, Olumide Olujimi, filed an appeal against the order suspending the league and reinstating Giwa into the league.

At the hearing of the appeal on Monday, Mr. Olujimi told the court that his clients were being harassed because of the order of committal by the lower court even though they had earlier field an appeal challenging first orders.

H.S Arzard, Counsel to Giwa, argued that the court resorted to those orders because the league was time bound.


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