Friday, January 28, 2011

NPL wins breach-of-contract suit

The Nigeria Premier League (NPL) on Thursday won a breach-of-contract case at a High Court in Lagos against Nigeria's second national carrier in telecommunications, Globacom Nigeria Limited.
In the judgement at the court on Thursday afternoon, Justice Olasuyi Olateru-Olagbegi, urged the telecommunications giant, Globacom to pay up the contract fee of the 2009/2010 season owed NPL, which is addressed as the Nigeria Football League (NFL) in the suit with No LD/451/2010.
The award of the judgement to NPL by Justice Olateru-Olagbegi means that Globacom will pay up the sum of N922,383,000 for last season's fee for the title sponsorship rights of the Premier League in Nigeria.
Counsel to NPL, Barrister Emmanuel Oboh, confirmed that the case is a fast-track matter under the court of law.
"This is a fast-track matter. Usually cases that are faster-track are thrashed out within eight months especially if the sum involved in such contract dispute is N100 million and above," Oboh said.
NPL's legal representative also disclosed that the court also awarded 10 per cent interest of the payment in the breach-of-contract suit to the Premier League.
Oboh said Justice Olateru-Olagbegi threw out the excuse of Globacom to breach the contract with the NPL on the grounds of corruption.
"The judge didn't entertain their prayer on the issue of corruption for breaching a contract since that cannot stand in this situation and was not an issue of objection," Oboh said.
The NPL has been in the High Court in Lagos since March 9, 2010 challenging Globacom Nigeria Limited for breach of contract before it won the case on Thursday.
Attempts to talk to Globacom's Sponsorship Manager, Harry Iwuala, yielded no result as he did not respond to telephone calls on the judgement.

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