Federal High Court in Abuja has restrained both Musa Kida and Tijjani Umar-led factions of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) from conducting any fresh Premier Basketball League for the purpose of seekingmen’s basketball club representatives to the 2018/2019 African Continental Club Championship, pending the determination of the substantive suit before it.
The management board of Kwese Premier League as well as Gombe Bulls Basketball Club and Kwara Falcons Basketball Club, who are both winner and runner up of the 2018 Kwese Premier Basketball League, had approached the Abuja Federal High Court seeking an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants, their agents or servants whosoever from substituting them with any other clubs to represent Nigeria at the Zone B African Basketball Club Championship or interfering in the Kwese Premier Basketball League.
The presiding judge, Justice A.I. Chikere, in an order of interlocutory injunction granted, also restrained both factions of NBBF from further enforcing or imposing any guidelines or conditions for the purpose of conducting any league for selecting Nigeria’s male basketball representatives for African continental competition.
The substantive suit is scheduled for hearing on April 18, 2019.
Addressing newsmen on the court’s order, counsel to the plaintiffs, Barr. Josiah Daniel, said his clients are seeking the declaration of the court, that in the face of fictionalised basketball federation in Nigeria and the absence of an extant update and FIBA approved local constitution regulating the affairs of Nigeria Basketball Federation, none of the existing factionally led executive board of the federation is competent to regulate the plaintiffs who are nonpartisan, nonpolitical neutral basketball stakeholders in Nigeria.
He said plaintiffs are also, among other prayers, asking the court to declare them independent and autonomous self- regulating body, pending when the national basketball federation would have an updated and FIBA approved version of local constitution regulating its affairs.