A Jos High Court yesterday ruled that the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) be suspended indefinitely until the League Management Committee (LMC) fully complies with an earlier order of the Court reinstating Giwa FC back to the league. But in a swift reaction the LMC said the league will press ahead as it has not been served with any court order terminating the league.
“For the avoidance of any doubt, LMC states categorically, that it has not been served with any such order and is consequently unable to comment on this matter. If such an order is at any time in the future produced or served on it by due process of law, LMC wishes all our Clubs, footballers, fans, partners and all Nigerians to be reassured that it shall take all steps appropriate in the circumstances to protect the integrity of the NPLF.
“Accordingly,the LMC states that the operation of. NPFL proceeds apace as scheduled and unhindered in any manner whatsoever,” said the statement. Chairman of Giwa FC Supporters Club, Mustapha Abubakar had dragged NPFL and LMC before the State High Court to address the suspension of the club from participating in the ongoing premiership.
Justice Kunda in his ruling delivered at the Plateau State High Court which sat in Bukuru, near Jos on Wednesday decried the tactics being employed by the counsel to the LMC,Olumide Olujimi, to delay the case considering that the Nigerian league is time bound, and the league would have effectively ended before the case is determined. The judge declared the case adjourned sine die but also told the defendants that they can proceed with their appeal at the Appeal Court if they so wish.
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