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LMC Chairman Dikko & COO jailed 14 days for contempt

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A High Court sitting in Bukuru, Plateau, has committed Shehu Dikko LMC Chairman and Chief Operations Officer to 14 days imprisonment for contempt.

A High Court sitting in Bukuru, Plateau, has committed, Shehu Dikko, Chairman, League Management Company (LMC) and Salish Abubakar, the Chief Operations Officer of LMC, to 14 days imprisonment for contempt.

The Court was presided over by Justice Ishaku Kunda.

In his ruling, on Friday, they were committed to Jos Federal Prison for disobeying the orders of the court.

Elombah.com has learnt that Kunda, who gave the order of committal, also issued a warrant of arrest of Dikko and Abubakar.

He said that the duo had brought court of competent jurisdiction to disrepute by blatantly refusing to appear before it when they were ordered to do so.

The judge, while delivering the judgment, said that Dikko and Abubakar disobeyed the court order, which has given order suspending the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) pending the determination of a case before the court.

The court had in August ordered LMC to reinstate Giwa Football Club after it was evicted from the NPFL by the LMC for failure to honour three fixtures in the league.

Mustaphar Abubakar, acting for himself and on behalf of Giwa FC, had prayed the court to compel LMC to restore Giwa FC to the NPFL.

He also prayed for rescheduling of all matches of the club which had been cancelled. 

He also directed that LMC should return to the club all players who departed the club and registered for other clubs upon its expulsion.

The LMC, had through its chairman, issued a circular reinstating Giwa, but the club rejected the reinstatement for non-compliance to orders of the court.

The court, in another sitting also, ordered the suspension of the NPFL since the league was time bound until Giwa was reinstated, but that too was not obeyed.

Kunda, while ruling on the case, said that parties were duly served the order, to appear and their refusal amounted to contempt of court.

He said that the court earlier order of the suspension of the league was still valid and subsisting, since it was not laid aside by a court of competent jurisdiction.

Mr Sunday Lafat, Counsel to Giwa FC, expressed satisfaction with the ruling.

The counsel to the LMC was said to have declined speaking, to the newsmen and immediately drove out of court premises.

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