The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared the body that has been administering the Nigeria Professional League for nearly a decade illegal.
This information was provided in a press release issued on Friday by Ismaila Abubakar, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
According to the ministry, the drastic action became necessary after a competent court of jurisdiction declared the League Management Company (LMC) an illegal body.
It is alleged that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) fraudulently established the LMC in order to avoid and evade pre-existing debts and other obligations owed by the organisation that succeeded it, the Nigeria Premier League Limited, which was originally mandated by law to run a professional football league in Nigeria.
Thus the federal government advised the NFF to promptly withdraw the licence given to the LMC and, in the meantime, set up an Interim Management Committee (IMC).
Read the full statement here…
In view of the several unpleasant incidents regarding the management of the Football League, specifically, the declaration of the National Football League (NFL) as an illegal body by the Court; the status of the League Management Company (LMC), the NFL’s successor-in-title being outside the purview of the Statutes of the NFF; the Federal Government is constrained to withdraw its recognition of the LMC as the operator of the Nigeria Professional Football League, with immediate effect.
This decision has become necessary because of the obvious aberration (which is at variance with our football statutes or the laws of the land) whereby a private company is gifted the mandate to manage or run the league indefinitely, without the full involvement of and leadership by the clubs, and devoid of any process to monitor the progress and development of the game.
Sequel to the above, and in order to rescue our domestic football from total collapse, the BOARD OF THE LMC AND THE LMC AS A BODY WOULD NO LONGER BE RECOGNISED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS OPERATOR OF THE NIGERIAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE.
To avert further chaos in our domestic football, the NFF is advised to immediately withdraw the Licence given to the LMC and, in the meantime, set up an Interim Management Committee (IMC), to include the current Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the LMC to oversee the affairs of the League until a proper Professional League Board is constituted in accordance with the Statutes of the NFF.
The statement was signed by Permanent Secretary Ismaila Abubakar.