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Shocking: Hotel rejects Nasarawa Players Over non payment of bills

Published on: 26 January 2018

No fewer than 12 newly-signed Nasarawa United players were ejected from their Lafia hotel after the Premier League club allegedly failed to  settle their bills.

Our correspondent  learnt that the  players are allegedly being owed  four months’ salaries by the Nasarawa State Government-owned club. It was learnt that the management of the club had lodged the players at Dunoma Plaza Hotel since October last year.

Sources told our correspondent   that the players were also ejected by  the  management of  Chigozie Restaurant and Bars where they were being fed  because the club allegedly  failed to pay them.

Our correspondent learnt that  the players have been squatting with  their friends in the state capital since they were ejected by the hotel.

Efforts made  by our correspondent to speak with the officials of the hotel over the issue were unsuccessful as they refused comments.

One of the players, who spoke to our correspondent   on the condition of anonymity, claimed  they later realised that  the club did not  make a  proper arrangement with the hotel.

The Managing Director of  Chigozie Restaurant and Bars, Paul Okwuchukwu,  claimed that he had an agreement with the club’s  team manager, Solomon Babaja,  with a promise that he would be paid at instalments.

Okechukwu said, “The club is  owing me  N350, 000. But on Tuesday,  the TM  called me to stop feeding the players, promising that he would get back to me before travelling to  Cross River State for their match against Enyimba  and he never did.”

He  said he reported  the matter to  the commissioner of sports, Bamaiyi Anangba,  on Tuesday, but  the commissioner told him that his ministry had nothing to do with the debt as  the state government had settled  both the hotel bills and the feeding of the players

Efforts  made by our correspondent to reach  Anangba  on the telephone was unsuccessful as his  mobile  line was switched off.

But  the  chairman of  the club, Mr. Isaac Danladi, said the management had already paid both the hotel  and restaurateur.

However,  Danladi  said  he had yet to receive an  official report that the players had left the  hotel.

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