Coaches, players sue Nasarawa

Posted on Nov 28 2017 - 12:56pm by admin

Nasarawa United coaches and players have taken  the club to a Jos Industrial Court over  their unpaid salaries, allowances and signing-on fees, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Joined in the suit, which is before Justice Kenneth Amadi, is the Nasarawa State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice.

Paul Hammachi, counsel for  the five coaches and the players, in the originating summons, claimed that the club sacked them and refused to pay their entitlements totaling N182.54m – N46.35m  for the coaches and  N136.2m  for the players.

The coaches are Evans Ogenyi, Sylvester Ekoja, Michael Jatau, Bala Nikyu and El Shammah Inusa, who were sacked in 2015.

The plaintiffs claimed that the N182.544,000 was scrutinised and awarded to them on September  10, 2015 by  the Nigeria Football Federation Players’ Status and Arbitration Committee, Abuja.

“But, two years after this arbitration, the club and the Nasarawa State Government have not paid us,” they alleged in the affidavit.

They prayed the court to enforce the verdict since it was, in itself, equal to a judgement of the court.

At the hearing of the matter on Monday, counsel for the defendants Ishaku Usman, who is also the Solicitor General of Nasarawa State, pleaded for extension of time.

The Judge obliged and struck out the first motion of the defendants, after the plaintiffs counsel said he had no objection to it.

However, Usman told the court that he could not continue with the hearing of the case since he was only served with the second motion “this morning”.

He applied for an adjournment to enable him  to study the motion filed by the defence counsel before replying to it.

Justice Amadi adjourned the case until  January  24, 2018 for further mention.

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