Justice I. I Kunda of Plateau State High Court, sitting in Bukuru, Jos South Local Government area of Plateau State has ordered that the chairman of League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko and Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar, be committed to Jos Federal Prison for 14 days and issued an arrest warrant of commitment.
Following the expulsion of Giwa Football Club of Jos, Mustapha Abukakar of Giwa FC supporters club had dragged the LMC and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to the Plateau State High Court challenging expulsion of the team from the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL).
The state High Court Jos, Plateau State, had earlier granted the prayers of the club seeking its reinstatement to the NPFL, but the LMC Chairman and the Chief Operating Officer are yet to comply with the the court order.
Meanwhile, the LMC through its official twitter handle, the League Management NG @LMCNPFL, in reaction to this development tweeted: “#Jos High Court: LMC stay-execution prayers and appeal against imprisonment of its officers to be heard at the Appeal Court on Monday.”
Justice Kunda, in his ruling delivered on Friday committed the LMC officials to Jos Federal Prison until they obey the court order.
Hon. Justice kunda said the order remained valid.
Counsel for the LMC, Oludele Olujimi SAN, refused to talk to journalists on the ruling.
However Counsel for Mustapha and Giwa supporters club, Sunday Lafat H.S Ardzard and Co. expressed satisfaction with the ruling and said the ruling represented justice for all the parties in court.