…As Court Slams Contempt Charge On LMC
League Management Company officials – Chairman, Shehu Dikko and Chief Operating Officer Salisu Abubakar – have been served with a contempt of court charge for deliberately disobeying the order of a court of a competent jurisdiction ordering the stoppage of the Nigeria Premier Football League, until Giwa FC of Jos is reinstated.
It could be recalled that a High Court in Jos had last week ordered the LMC to either reinstate Giwa FC in the ongoing Nigeria Premier League and continue with the appeal or suspend the league and wait for the outcome of their appeal, which they flaunted.
Receiving the Order, the League Management company had issued a statement declaring that they would not obey the Order, and went ahead with the league on the premise that they had filed for a ‘Stay of Execution’ and had appealed the matter.
The contempt letter served to LMC on the 6th of September, 2016, read;
“In the High court of Justice of Plateau state holding at Jos, in the matter of an application by Mustafa Abubaka for himself and on behalf of Giwa Football Club limited, the applicant had sued the League management company limited, the Nigeria Football Federation and or the Nigeria football Association, through the Plateau football club limited for himself and on behalf of all the other nineteen football club in the Nigeria professional football league except Giwa football club, Jos
“To Shehu Dikko, chairman, League Management Company Limited, Salihu Abubakar, chief operating officer, league management company limited, Form 48 Notice of consequences of disobedience to order of court in pursuant to order 1s rule 13 of the judgement, enforcement rules. Take notice that unless you obey the directions contained in this orders (hereto) you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison,” the statement read.
The plaintiff, Mustafa Abubakar, who felt undone by the action of the LMC, seeing it as a total violation of the order of the court, went back to report and, the court in response to his complain, issued a contempt charge on the LMC officials.