NPFL matches will go on, says LMC

Goalkeeper Ojo Olorunleke of Giwa FC trying to catch the ball during a recent NPFL game against Sunshine Stars of Akure. The LMC says the league will continue despite a Jos High Court ruling halting the competition. PHOTO: LMC

Goalkeeper Ojo Olorunleke of Giwa FC trying to catch the ball during a recent NPFL game against Sunshine Stars of Akure. The LMC says the league will continue despite a Jos High Court ruling halting the competition. PHOTO: LMC

Fixtures of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) will continue to hold as scheduled, according to a statement by the League Management Company (LMC) released yesterday.

The LMC said it was among several other grounds, relying on the motion filed for stay of execution of Mr. Justice I.I Kunda’s latest order made in disregard of the notice of appeal filed against his first order.

The League body also stated in addition to the stay of execution filed, it has also filed a notice of appeal against the order of the Plateau State High Court, Jos stopping matches of the NPFL until full compliance with the earlier interim order of the Court directing the reinstatement of Giwa FC to the League and rescheduling of matches for the club.

It also raised the question on how the Judge found an urgency in fact as required by law to make the first interim order ex-parte three months after Giwa FC was expelled from the League under the League Rules, for failing to play three consecutive matches.

Mr. Justice I.I. Kunda, the vacation judge of the Plateau State High Court, Jos division made the earlier order in a fundamental human right suit filed by an individual, a certain Mustapha Abubakar, who claims to be acting for himself and Giwa FC. Mustapha claims that the expulsion of Giwa FC had denied him the right to enjoy matches of the club after he bought season’s ticket.

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