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Jos Court Suspends NPFL Indefinitely

Posted: Aug 31, 2016 at 6:58 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has been suspended indefinitely by a Jos High Court over the refusal of the league body to comply fully with the earlier order to reinstate FC Giwa in the league.
Justice I. I. Kunda, in his ruling delivered at the Plateau State High Court, which sat in Bukuru, near Jos on Wednesday, decried the delay tactics being employed by the counsel to the LMC, Olumide Olujimi, to delay the case, knowing full well that the Nigerian league was time bound and the league would have effectively ended before the case was determined.
The judge declared the case adjourned sine dine, but told the defendants that they can proceed with their appeal at the Court of Appeal if they so wish.
Recall that owing to the expulsion of Giwa Football Club of Jos, a State High Court sitting in Bukuru, Jos, had granted the prayers of the club seeking its reinstatement to the league.
Counsel to Giwa FC, SD Ekara, had tabled five prayers before the court, which included: “That the NFF and LMC be restrained from further organising any matches pending the hearing of the motion on notice.
“Interlocutory injunction compelling the LMC to reschedule all matches whichGiwa FC did not play as a result of the purported expulsion.
“Injunction recalling all Giwa FC players summarily released and signed by other clubs, restoration of Giwa FC to the league pending the hearing of the motion on notice and such other pronouncements as the court may deem fit.”
In a judgement delivered by Kunda, who is a vacation judge, on August 12, 2016, the League Management Company (LMC) and the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) were restrained from restraining Giwa Football Club from playing matches in the NPFL pending the determination of the motion on notice.
The Judge also ordered the first and second respondents to reschedule all the matches that Giwa FC failed to play as a result of its purported expulsion from the league.
The LMC was also ordered to immediately return all the players of Giwa FC that were summarily released and signed by other clubs.