• Quashes contempt charge in opposition to Dikko, Abubakar
with the aid of Joe Apu
All hopes of expelled Giwa FC of Jos getting reprieve for a reinstatement into the Nigeria most efficient football League came crashing on Friday as the court docket of appeal, Jos Division, struck down the order of the excessive courtroom of Plateau State directing the League administration firm (LMC) to compulsorily re-instate Giwa FC to the Nigeria skilled soccer (NPFL).
the sooner order with the aid of the excessive courtroom of Jos got here after the Jos primarily based membership had been expelled from the NPFL for more than one infractions of the rules and Framework of the League within the 2015/sixteen season.
in line with the ruling of the enchantment courtroom on Friday, there were three considerations prior to the courtroom of enchantment in Jos for choice they usually included, LMC’s problem of Justice Kunda of the high court docket of Plateau State exparte order directing the reinstatement of Giwa FC into the NPFL in a case filed by means of Mustapha Abubakar on behalf of Giwa FC in opposition to LMC pending hearing of the case.
The 2d issue was once LMC’s problem of Justice Kunda’s order suspending the NPFL pending the choice of the enchantment after he had ruled that his court lacked the ability to continue hearing the case following LMC’s enchantment of his first order asking him to stay off the case.
The 0.33 was once LMC’s enchantment of the order of Justice Kunda charging and convicting two officers of the LMC in their absence for contempt for now not obeying his earlier order suspending the league.
The court docket of appeal in Jos consolidated the three appeals and delivered judgment learn by means of Hon. Justice H. O. A Abiru, ruling on the primary, that Kunda lacked the competence to order for Giwa’s reinstatement into the NPFL. It disregarded that order of the excessive court of Plateau State considering that Mustapha, who sued the LMC had no locus on the matter and Kunda was hasty in giving the exparte order instead of hearing from all parties.
The Jos appeal courtroom on the 2d problem put aside the particular order and all other consequential orders made by using the decrease courtroom on its basis, together with the orders committing to prison the Chairman of LMC, Shehu Dikko, and its Chief operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar, for failing to obey the reinstatement order.
LMC and its officials had maintained persistently that they weren’t bound by means of regulation to obey the orders of the decrease Jos high court docket as a result of that they had already appealed in opposition to those same orders.
alternatively, the court of appeal upheld the order of the lower court suspending the 2015/2016 season of the League, pending enchantment.
counsel to LMC, Mr. Olumide Olujinmi applauded the choices of the attraction courtroom as he described the ruling on the order suspending the league pending enchantment as having expired and of no practical objective, in particular because the affected 2015/2016 season of the NPFL has long been concluded and a new season commenced.
Olujinmi maintained that “the LMC reserves the best to proceed to the Supreme courtroom for adjudication on this level if it finds any reason to take action, after completely learning the judgment of the courtroom of attraction.”