Giwa FC vs LMC: Court suspends NPFL indefinitely

The Plateau State High Court which sat in Bukuru, Jos, Wednesday suspended indefinitely the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) until the League Management Company fully complies with the earlier order of reinstating Giwa FC back to the league.NPFL-LOGOJustice I. I Kunda in his ruling decried the delay tactics being employed by the Counsel to the LMC, Olumide Olujimi, to delay the case knowing fully well 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.

 It would be recalled that sequel to the expulsion of Giwa Football Club of Jos, a High Court sitting in Bukuru, Jos, Plateau State, on the 13th August 2016, granted the prayers of the Club seeking it’s reinstatement to the Nigerian Professional Football League.

Counsel to Giwa FC, SD Ekara, had tabled five prayers before the Court.

The five prayers are; “That the NFF and LMC be restrained from further organizing any matches pending the hearing of the motion on notice.

“Interlocutory injunction compelling the LMC to reschedule all matches Giwa 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.

“Such other pronouncements as the court may deem fit”.

In a judgement delivered by vacation judge, Justice I.I. Kunda, the League Management Company and the Nigerian Football Federation were restrained from stopping Giwa Football Club from playing matches in the Nigerian Professional Football League 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.

 

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