A Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, South-East Nigeria, has granted an injunction, stopping newly promoted side Bayelsa United from featuring in the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) on account on of their indebtness to Nembe City FC.
The order made by Justice Isa M. Dashen on January 16 has since been served to the other defendants in the matter, the Interim Management Committee and the NFF.
The hearing in the suit No FHC/YNG/CS/1/2023 has been fixed for February 9, 2023.
Recall that Nembe City made a formal complaint to the IMC regarding Bayelsa United indebtness to them.
The debts include 15 Million Naira being outstanding payment to Nembe City FC over the transfer of three players since 2014.
The players in question are Ebitimi Agogo, Sobomabo West and Opubo Japhet.
Bayelsa United have won promotion back to the top flight after many years in the lower league.
However, their huge debt profile runs counter to new Club Licensing requirements and thus disqualifies a club from featuring in the top division.
Bayelsa United will be expected to send their legal team before the High Court on February 9, to put up a defense on the allegations.