Justice D. G. Mann of the High Court sitting in Bukuru has affirmed that the contempt sentence of the two officials of the League Management Company (LMC), Alhaji Shehu Dikko and Salihu Abubakar, remains intact and the order stopping the league until Giwa FC is restated is still subsisting.
At the resumption of the hearing between the League Management Company (LMC) and Giwa FC in the court on Friday, counsel to the LMC had made effort to contest the jurisdiction of the High court to hear the matter. The judge, D G Mann, ruled that he has jurisdiction noting that the request was unnecessary.
Delivering ruling, the Judge refused to grant the request of the counsel to the League Management Company on the issue of jurisdiction. The judge noted that there was no need going into an argument of jurisdiction when they had already gone ahead to file an appeal at the Higher court, stressing that it will only amount to an excises in futility.
The Judge maintained that once a matter has been entered into appeal it is expected that the lower court should not go ahead to make other orders on it. Saying that since the matter that was entered into is relevant to the case and is related to the matter they would transmit all the records for the Appeal court to take together.
So, the Jos High court did not cave in to the argument of the legal team of the League Management Company to accept not to have jurisdiction on the matter which would have as a matter of fact bring to null and void all the orders that had earlier been given by the court.
Consequently, Giwa FC’s counsel, Habila Ardzard said, “my clients technically are still in the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) until the matter is finally decided by the court. The long legal battle to correct the injustice done to my clients when they were unceremoniously thrown out of the league for standing on their right remains the issue for the court to determine.”