The Ministry of Youth Development and Sports cordoned off the League Management Company (LMC) office in Abuja on Thursday morning.

The LMC’s office in Maitama, Abuja, has been cordoned off by police officers following the LMC’s response on the league body’s legality last Tuesday, which was described as ‘provocative’, as the said a staff member of the Office of Public Enterprises, BPE and published on BSN sports.

“We are here to seal the office because of the arrogance and rudeness of their (LMC) letter to the Feds. It’s the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) which should be so treated, but for now we will not.

Recall that Premium Times had published a circular from the ministry on Friday describing the LMC as “illegal”.

The statement was signed by the Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar. He said: “It is claimed that the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) fraudulently floated the LMC to avoid and evade pre-existing debts and other obligations owed by its successor organization; the Nigeria Premier League Limited, which is originally mandated by law to run a professional football league in Nigeria.

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This further led to the creation of the “Interim Management Committee (IMC) to include the current Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer of the LMC to oversee the affairs of the League until a full Board of Directors is established. administration of the Professional League be constituted in accordance with the NFF Bylaws.

In response to the ministry’s statement, LMC, also on Tuesday via its Twitter handle, insisted that the league body has legal backing in football laws and regulations which are constituted by both the NFF and FIFA, including company laws.

“Subsequently, the Executive Committees of the NFF at its meeting on October 8, 2014 in Abuja and the NFF Congress (the supreme legislative body of the NFF) at its meeting on November 23, 2014 in Lagos duly approved the additional regulations / governance structure of the CML in accordance with the powers given to Congress under the NFF Statutes (Article 18 and Article 78 sub-sections 2 and 3) as well as the FIFA Statutes (Articles 17 and 18 ) to delegate the right to an independent/subordinate body to manage/organize its competitions (NPFL included) and to establish regulations and/or approved regulations for the management of national leagues”.

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