A Jos division of the National Industrial Court, has adjourned hearing on a matter pending before it filed by players and coaching crew of the disbanded Jos University Teaching Hospital Football club, (JUTH FC).
The claimants in the matter are suing the Chief medical director of JUTH, and the management of the hospital as defendants.
The claimants are challenging the disbandment of the football team by the chief medical director Professor Edmond Bawak, without paying them their salaries and other entailments since October, 2013.
The claimants are further seeking the court to declare the manner at which the disbandment was null and void.
Commenting at yesterday’s proceeding justice Mrs. H.R Gwandu, said on a lighter mood that; “Even footballers that are kicking the ball have come to court, it seems there are anarchy every where, we hope it will be settle with the managers.”
The matter which was slated for hearing, was thwarted with an application which responded to the defendantsÂ Â preliminary objections (P.O), challenging the jurisdiction of the court to determine the matter.
Counsel to the claimants Barrister Isa Hassan, has told the court that they have responded to the earlier application of the defendant, which have challenged the court jurisdiction, saying that the defendant are yet to reply.
In his counter respond counsel to the defendants Barrister Joshua Barau, argued that the claimants counsel have not; “in the last adjournment indicated that they are going to reply to the PO.”
He seeks for adjournment to enable the defendants respond to the reply, further sought for cost of N20,000.
However, Counsel to the claimants Barrister Hassan argued that; “no law has said that we must told counsel that we will respond to the P.O.”
He said the adjournment was sought at the instance of the defendants counsel, therefore said the sought for cost should be the other way round.
“We are not conceding any cost, and also not opposing the application for adjournment,” he added.
Justice Gwandu adjourned the matter to the 5/5/2015, for ruling on the PO, and further said no cost is awarded at the first instance