The NRA action has been predicated by the crisis in the NFF, which culminated in the prevention of its key officials from attending the General Congress through the arrest and detention of the President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari; the General Secretary, Barrister Musa Ahmadu; and the Chairman of the Technical Committee, Barrister Chris Green.
A statement from the LMC Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar, said: “The decision is in the light of the notice of withdrawal of services by the Nigerian Referees Association which makes it impossible for us to organize gamesm”
The NRA notice signed by the Secretary-General, Prince Moroof Oyekunle Oluwa, and addressed to the LMC Chairman, Hon. Nduka Irabor, reads in part: “I have been directed by the Working Committee of the above named Association to inform you that, in view of uncertainty in the Nigeria Football Federation, the Nigeria Referees are hereby withdrawing its services with immediate effect from all matches organized by the NFF which includes the Nigeria Premier League, Nigeria National League, Nigeria NationWide League, Nigeria Women League and the Federation Cup pending when sanity is restored.”
The LMC said Clubs in the Glo Premier League and the sponsorship partners have already been advised of the development with clubs directed not to proceed to venues of their respective games until further communication.
Abubakar said: “We have written to the General Secretary of the NFF on this development and have also informed the Clubs and our Sponsors.”
The statement added: “We are already running a tight fixture schedule and are hoping that this crisis is resolved soon so the season can be concluded in time for our clubs to prepare for continental registration and participation.”