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CAS suit: Yayock loses, to face criminal charges

*For alleged forgery of documents in Lausanne

Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) sitting in Lusanne has thrown out a suit filed by North West zone aspirant to the board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Charles Musa Yayock, and his hidden sponsors.

Defendants in the matter are the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Barrister Solomon Dalung, Hon Ibrahim Gusau President-elect of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.

Yayock, a poor retiree, had gone to CAS where he had to be sponsored by masquerades, to contest his supposed loss into the AFN board in the Ministry of Youth and Sports-organised National Sports Federations elections in May this year.

In its pre-trial ruling dated 14th September, 2017 the President of the CAS Appeals Arbitration Division Corine Schmidhauser stated that the suit with registration number CAS 2017/A/5293 between Charles Musa Yayock and the Minister of Youth and Sports Development had been terminated and removed from the CAS roll.

According to the CAS President, in the absence of any agreement from the Respondent to continue the present procedure and considering that no proof of timely filing of the appeal brief was submitted by the appellant, Yayock’s request for reconsideration was rejected as it was deemed withdrawn in accordance with article R51 of the Code.

Yayock filed a statement of appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the Minister of Youth and Sports in respect of the Electoral Committee’s announcement on 13th June, 2017 at the main bowl of the National Stadium Abuja declaring Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau President-elect of the AFN.

CAS invited the appellant to complete his statement in accordance with article R 51 of the Code of Sports-related Arbitration within a deadline of two days which he failed to provide proof of timely filing of his appeal brief.

Consequently, his appeal was deemed withdrawn.

However, according to sources, some of the documentations that the Appellant submitted in Lausanne were actually forged. The matter has been reported to the Police for investigation and prosecution. So, this is a new beginning for Yayock in particular because he was the known face before the law.

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