Giwa v NPFL: Appeal Court sits Oct. 11

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Court of Appeal Jos Division
Court of Appeal Jos Division to hear NPFL case

By Peter Amine

Should the court ordered suspension of the Nigerian Professional Football League, NPFL,  stay?

The Court of Appeal Division in Jos has fixed Oct. 11 for the hearing of the League Management Company (LMC) appeal against the  order of Jos High Court .

The three-man panel 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.

Justice Ishaku Kunda of the Jos High Court 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 Aug. 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.

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 reinstated Giwa via a statement,  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 until Giwa was reinstated.

The order too was not obeyed by the LMC as the league continued.

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

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 both Dikko and Abubakar to 14 days in prison for contempt.

Meanwhile the LMC through its counsel, Mr 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, 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.

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

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