JOS – Justice Ishaku Kunda of a High Court sitting in Bukuru, Plateau State, on Friday ordered that the Chairman, League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko and Chief Operations Officer, Salisu Abubakar be committed to 14 days imprisonment for contempt.
In his ruling, Justice Kunda, who committed the League bosses to Jos Prison for disobeying court orders, also issued a warrant of arrest on Dikko and Abubakar.
Justice Kunda in his ruling held that parties were duly served the order to appear and their refusal amounted to contempt of court.
He added that the earlier order suspending the league was still valid and subsisting since it was not laid by a court of competent jurisdiction.
Prompt News Online recalls that the Judge had ordered in August, ordered the suspension of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) pending the determination of a case before the court.
Justice Kunda, had also ordered the LMC to reinstate Giwa Football Club, which had been sent packing from the Nigerian Professional Football League over failure to three fixtures in the league.
The Judge held that having refused to appear before the court has directed, the duo of Dikko and Abubkar had brought court of competent jurisdiction to disrepute.
Acting on behalf of himself and Giwa FC, Mustaphar Abubakar, had prayed the court to:
Compel LMC to restore Giwa FC to the NPFL.
Reschedule all matches of the club which had been cancelled, and direct LMC to return to the club all players who departed the club and registered for other clubs upon its expulsion.