There was intense confusion at the supposed headquarters of League Management Company (LMC) located at No. 46 Lobito Wuse 2, Abuja as league officials disappeared from their offices.
A visit to the LMC’s office indicates that the league managers who have been in charge of administering the country’s top flight league, Nigeria Premier League since 2012 appears to have deserted their rented apartment as neither office attendants nor equipment were seen.
Further investigation reveal that the LMC would have decided to quit the office location after their leasing period expired.
However, some persons are of the view that they left the rented building to escape bee served the court injunction by a Jos high court following an application filed by an agent of Giwa FC over the recent suspension placed on the Jos club by LMC.
LMC had at the beginning of the current season deregistered Giwa FC and Nembe City stating their inability to meet certain league obligations as the reason for their suspension.
In the meantime, the LMC has declared that matches would go on as scheduled in the week 3 of the premier league insisting that they have not been served any court injunction.
Chief Operating Officer (COO) of LMC Mr Salisu Abubakar who stated this while fielding questions from newsmen in Abuja maintained that the league manager would abide by any court order once they have been communicated accordingly.
He said “we are law abiding citizens and will not flaunt court order once it gets to us. For now, the matches will go on as scheduled.
Asked the reason why Nembe City was excused from the league after Giwa FC were said to have admitted he won’t afford to pay players the stipulated N150,000 minimum wage, Mr Salisu answered “I can’t make public pronouncement of the reasons why Nembe City won’t be allowed be part of the league because the issues have some legal implications.
“We have since communicated them after we were not satisfied with their presentations before the league kick off.
So they know, we know and other stakeholders involved are aware. They can only contest our stand in the court of second instance which is the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).