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Court Throws Out Owumi’s Suit Against NPL

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Davidson Owumi’s suit against the Nigeria Football League (NFL) Limited and two others has been dismissed by Justice Abubakar Umar of the Abuja High Court.

The two others are Prof. Akin Ibidapo-Obe and Chief Victor Baribote, who is the Chairman of the board of Nigeria Premier League (NPL), the Nigerian top league organising body owned by NFL.

Ibidapo-Obe is the chairman of the Arbitration Tribunal set up by the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) to settle the dispute arising from the NPL board elections of May 8, 2010.

Owumi had filed a motion for an interlocutory injunction to nullify the decision by the tribunal headed by Prof. Ibidapo-Obe which declared the elections as null and void.

The former Sharks FC player had also asked the court to nullify the tribunal’s declaration of Baribote as NPL Chairman.

Delivering his ruling, Justice Umar held that the suit filed by Owumi was “a gross abuse of court process.”

He further held that Owumi was trying to use a legal process to accomplish an unlawful purpose.

Justice Umar held that Owumi had earlier instituted a similar case at the Federal High Court which had the same jurisdiction as the FCT High Court.

The Judge said the doctrine of “res judicata” which means “finally decided”  prevented a litigant from getting yet another day in court after the first lawsuit had been concluded by another court.

He said the judgment delivered by Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court on the suit filed by Owumi was binding.

The Federal High Court had upheld the award of the Arbitration Tribunal headed by Ibidapo-Obe which nullified the 2010 poll.

“The rule provides that when a court of competent jurisdiction has entered a final judgment on the merits of a case, another court with the same jurisdiction, cannot adjudicate on the same matter.

“The final judgment on the matter by my brother Justice Kolawole bars further claims by the same parties based on the same cause of action.

“Owumi failed in his attempts to convince the court that the suit he filed at the FCT High Court is not the same as the one which judgment had earlier been delivered at the Federal High Court,” he said.

Umar, therefore, struck out the suit for lack of merit.

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Tokyo 2020: Naomi Osaka Beats China’s Saisai In Straight Sets

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka returns a shot to China’s Zheng Saisai, during their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women’s singles, first round tennis match at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo .
Japan’s Naomi Osaka won in straight sets on her highly-anticipated return to court at the Tokyo Olympics yesterday, while world number one Ashleigh Barty crashed out in the first round.
Osaka, the star of the opening ceremony, defeated China’s Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-4 in her first match since taking an eight-week break for mental health reasons.
“I feel like more than anything I’m just focused on playing tennis. Playing the Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a kid,” said Osaka, chosen as the first tennis player to light the Olympic cauldron on Friday.
“I feel like the break that I took was very needed, but I feel definitely a little bit refreshed and happy again.”
The Australian Open champion had not played since May, when she walked out of Roland Garros, saying that media commitments were harming her mental health.
Osaka showed few signs of rust as she reeled off the opening five games on the Ariake Coliseum centre court, which likely would have been packed to capacity if not for a spectator ban because of coronavirus restrictions.
The second seed broke the 52nd-ranked Zheng for a 2-1 lead in the second set and closed out an 87-minute victory on her third match point.
The 23-year-old Osaka is attempting to become Japan’s first Olympic tennis champion. She will play Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic in the last 32.

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Insurance FC Records Second NNL Win On Return

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Bendel Insurance recorded their second win in a row since returning to the second tier of Nigeria National League with a 1-0 win over Abia Comets on Saturday at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
Defender Tanimu Benjamin scored the only goal of the encounter in the 26th minute to hand the hosts the maximum points.
Both results have brightened their chances of qualifying for the Super 8.
According to Tidesports source, the Edo State Government in June withdrew the team from the competition after several of their players were injured by home fans during their game against Remo Stars in Ikenne, Ogun State.
On their return, Insurance pulled off an away win over Holy Arrows in Enugu before the win at the weekend 
“I am happy with the goal and the overall performance from the boys. Our aim is to return to the topflight and we are working hard to achieve it,” goal scorer Benjamin, who was injured in the violence at Ikenne, said

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Karagumruk To Pay Musa N1bn Annually

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Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa was on Thursday unveiled by Turkish Lig 1 side, Fatih Karagumruk, having signed the winger on a two-year deal with an option to extend the deal for another year.
Tidesports source gathered that the financial details of the deal were undisclosed by both club and player, Musa will earn about$2.5million (N1.02billion) annually with a weekly pay of $40,000, with bonuses.
Karagumruk were promoted to the Turkish topflight in the 2019/2020 campaign, ending a 35-year wait for a return to the Super Lig and want to remain there, thus, the acquisition of star players like Musa.
“It’s a good deal no doubt, the club wanted Musa because of his wealth of experience, having played at the World Cup and the UEFA Champions League. Since they were promoted to the topflight two seasons ago, their major aim is to remain in the Turkish topflight and also win games against the big sides like Galatasary, Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor and they believe Musa can help them achieve their goals. That’s why they signed him for $2.5million annual salary, besides bonuses and allowances,” a close friend of Musa said.
It was also reliably learnt that there were financial incentives for Musa, if the club qualified for European competitions, and if he ended up as their highest scorer at the end of the season.
Musa, in an interview with newsmen said Karagumruk’s ambition was a major reason he joined them.
“I was very impressed with the team’s philosophy, style of play and it’s clearly an ambitious club.

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